New police chief tapped in Gloversville

Edgar Beaudin, the acting Gloversville police chief since December, was appointed chief Tuesday by M

Edgar Beaudin, the acting Gloversville police chief since December, was appointed chief Tuesday by Mayor Tim Hughes.

The appointment, unanimously confirmed by the Common Council with a contingent of about 10 officers present, is provisional until Beaudin passes a civil service exam. The next exam is in March.

“I’ve got all the confidence in the world that Ed is going to be the man for the job,” said Hughes, who said he is certain Beaudin will pass the exam.

Beaudin, a 35-year veteran of the department, replaces John Harzinski, who retired in February (effective Sunday) after Hughes suspended him in December, claiming insubordination. The nature of the alleged insubordination was never disclosed and as part of the retirement agreement neither side can speak disparagingly of the other.

“Ed’s been doing very well the last six months,” Hughes said.

“I look forward to the challenge,” said Beaudin, who expressed appreciation to Hughes and the council for what he termed “a vote of confidence.”

Officer Tracy Green, president of the Police Benevolent Association, called Beaudin “a man of integrity” and said he has the unanimous support of the department.

Fulton County Sheriff Thomas J. Lorey, a former Gloversville detective who served nearly two decades with Beaudin, said his former colleague “has the correct temperament to lead the Gloversville Police Department. He will lead the department in a way that will make the citizens of Gloversville proud,” said Lorey.

Beaudin said he wants to encourage more interaction between officers and city residents and will make it a priority to concentrate on efforts involving city youth.

Toward that end, Beaudin said, Detective Michael Jory has revived the Project Safe Child program, in which area daycare children are fingerprinted as an anti-kidnapping measure.

Beaudin said he is trying to set a new tone and attitude by having more officers walking downtown. “Take the car, park it and walk … talk to the people and have a cup of coffee,” Beaudin said, summing up the new approach. It is common in recent months to see police cars parked on Main Street.

Beaudin, who was promoted to captain 10 years ago, said he never aspired to be chief but is now ready to assume that post.

He described his 33-member force as a group of “young and dedicated officers. Give them the training and equipment and they will do their jobs,” he said.

A salary figure was not available Tuesday. Harzinski’s salary for 2008 would have been about $77,000.

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