Chief Dave Mattson, who guided the Tamaqua Police Department since 2007, will step down from the position effective April 2.

Mattson told the TIMES NEWS that he met with the mayor and borough council president following Tuesday's regular council meeting and all parties agreed to the move.

"They're not happy with my performance," said Mattson. "They wanted to go in a new direction with leadership in the department."

Mattson, 61, joined the department as patrolman in 1996 and was an advocate for youth intervention programs, believing that support and guidance to youth and young adults can go along way toward avoiding problems in later adult years.

Mattson worked with schools, parents and children to implement Red Ribbon Week, which includes activities aimed at drug avoidance and protection.

He served as patrolman for 11 years before being elevated to chief, and was involved in many major investigations over the past 17 years.

Earlier in his career in Tamaqua, Mattson was injured during an altercation while responding to a call. The injury required substantial medical treatment.

Mattson is a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam era and later served in the field of corrections while living on the West Coast.

Born and raised in Monroe, a small town near Seattle, Wash. Mattson and his wife operated a children's home for court adjudicated youth.

Mattson says he has no immediate plans for his retirement, but is weighing several options available to him.