Niskayuna

Niskayuna police chief, placed on leave, retires

Niskayuna Councilman Bill McPartlon reads a resolution announcing town support for National Police Week in 2019 as town Police Chief Dan McManus listens.
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Niskayuna Councilman Bill McPartlon reads a resolution announcing town support for National Police Week in 2019 as town Police Chief Dan McManus listens.

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NISKAYUNA — The former Niskayuna police chief who was placed on administrative leave for undisclosed alleged violations of town policy in late July has retired.

Chief Daniel McManus had 28 years with the Niskayuna Police Department prior to his being placed on leave by the Town Board after it received a complaint, the nature of which has not been disclosed. Frances Wall, who had been a lieutenant and has 35 years with the department, was named interim chief. She became the first woman to head a municipal police department in Schenectady County.

Wall notified the rest of the 27-member department of McManus’ retirement on Sept. 4, but it has not previously been publicly disclosed. McManus had been chief since 2014, and in 2019 earned more than $129,000.

“Chief McManus began his career with the Department in 1992. He rose through the ranks from Patrolman to Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Deputy Chief and Chief of Police,” Wall wrote in a memo. “Chief McManus has given 28 years of outstanding police service to the people of the Town of Niskayuna. On behalf of the Niskayuna Police Department, I would like to extend the best wishes of the Department and its members to Chief McManus for a healthy, prosperous and well deserved retirement.”

Her memo made no reference to his leave or the investigation now underway by outside counsel hired by the town.

In a statement on July 31, the Town Board said that McManus has been placed on administrative leave “pending an investigation into alleged violations of town policies by current and former members of the department.”

The alleged violations of town policy do not pertain to police brutality or excessive use of force, the statement said.

Subsequently, the Town Board hired the Girvin & Ferlazzo law firm of Albany for an investigation to “be conducted regarding alleged violations of Town policies and other labor and employment matters in the Niskayuna Police Department.” The law firm is being paid $200 per hour. The law firm started its work last week, and its findings are expected to result in a report to the Town Board in the next few weeks.

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