Schenectady County

Chaires to be named Schenectady police chief

Assistant Police Chief Mark R. Chaires will be announced as Schenectady's new police chief at a news

Assistant Schenectady Police Chief Mark R. Chaires will be named Thursday Schenectady’s newest police chief, sources told The Daily Gazette this evening.

Chaires, a 20-year veteran of the force, beat out four other candidates for the post, which has been vacant since late last year.

Mayor Brian U. Stratton and Public Safety Commissioner Wayne Bennett have scheduled an announcement for 11 a.m. Thursday.

Chaires has been assistant chief since May 2001. He began as commander of the Field Services Bureau. Since fall 2004, he has been in charge of the Administrative Services Bureau.

Chaires would become the city’s first black police chief in a department that has struggled to recruit minorities.

Schenectady has been without a police chief for nearly a year now, with the department being run by Bennett and three assistant chiefs since former chief Michael N. Geraci Sr. resigned.

Four other candidates were in the running: Assistant Chief Michael Seber and three outside candidates, retired Albany police commander Steven Stella, Troy Assistant Chief John Tedesco and Poughkeepsie police Capt. Steven Minard.

The chief position is advertised at a salary of $115,000, an increase from the $109,000 that Geraci was to make this year.

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