UPDATE: Police Chief out in Saratoga Springs
Saratoga Springs Police Chief Chris Cole is stepping aside.
In a statement released today, he announced plans to retire at the end of May. He served on the city's force for 23 years.
“It is with mixed emotions that I announce my retirement from the department that has literally been a part of my life since I was a child," Cole said in a statement. "Saratoga has seen many changes over the years but one thing that has remained constant is the dedication of the men and women who have chosen law enforcement as their chosen profession."
Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III, "He has done a lot for the police department through some very difficult budgetary times."
Murphy added that it must be a very difficult decision to leave the force.
"I will certainly miss him at the DA's office," he said.
UPDATE: The likely successor to Cole is Assistant Police Chief Greg Veitch.
The post will be appointed by City Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathieson.
Murphy tweeted late tonight, "DA confident Asst Chief Greg Veitch will make an excellent chief of police and urges Commissioner to make appointment at appropriate time."
With SSPD Chief Cole announcing retirement todayDA Murphy meets with Asst Chief Greg Veitch tonight to discuss transition.— Jim Murphy III (@JimMurphyIII) April 25, 2013
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