Kyle Apple, the son of Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple and a former Albany County Sheriff’s investigator himself, was hired as a Niskayuna police officer Thursday evening.
The board passed the resolution to hire Apple with a 3-0 vote after two board members attending virtually, Lisa Weber and Denise Murphy-McGraw, experienced technical difficulties during the meeting. McGraw was unable to register a vote and board member John Della Ratta was absent from the meeting during the vote.
“We’re really excited about Kyle,” said Chief Jordan Kochan, following Apple’s swearing-in ceremony Thursday evening. “He brings a lot of young energy and enthusiasm. He’s got a wealth of knowledge.”
Apple was at the Albany County Sheriff’s Department for four years before applying for the lateral transfer to Niskayuna, Kochan said Friday.
Before his job at the Albany Sheriff’s Department, the younger Apple was 21 when he pleaded guilty in 2016 to misdemeanor driving while intoxicated following an arrest in 2015. His license was revoked for six months, according to a Times Union article on the incident.
Kochan said Kyle Apple discussed the arrest during his interview and he was forthcoming about what happened.
“Kyle owned it,” Kochan said. “He’s very remorseful for what took place that day. He told us that was one of the reasons he wanted to go into law enforcement after that day because he wanted to make some changes in his life and learn from it. Through that vetting process, we felt confident that this was a one-off mistake for Kyle.”
Kochan said he was also an exemplary employee at the sheriff’s department.
“We’re excited to have him here,” Kochan said.
Apple brings various skills and strengths to his new position, Kochan said.
Apple, who currently lives in Colonie, will make $74,132 annually.
Kochan said there is no rule requiring officers to live in Niskayuna and other officers in the department also do not live in town.
The 2021 budget allows for 29 sworn offices, and with the addition of Apple, the department now has 26 officers. Kochan said he has proposed a 2022 budget that calls for 30 sworn officers.
On Thursday, the town also approved by a 4-0 vote the appointment of a full-time executive secretary for the police department. McGraw was in attendance but unable to register a vote. Kristine O’Brien, of Niskayuna, will make $51,467 annually in the position. She had been hired as a part-time clerical aide in July for $20 an hour to help the department.
Deputy Chief Mike Stevens said then that O’Brien was a good fit for the department because 20 years ago she worked for the Police Department as a clerical aide alongside the executive secretary.
With O’Brien, all four administrative positions in the department are now filled full-time, which will help the department’s day-to-day operations, Kochan said.
“No good department runs well without having an executive secretary position,” Kochan said.
O’Brien will handle some of the more clerical work that had been shifted to the chief and Deputy Chief Mike Stevens, Kochan said. The executive secretary is responsible for everything from answering phone calls, to ordering items, to completing payroll and paperwork for state agencies.
Having an executive secretary will free up Stevens, Lt. Joseph Twitty and the chief himself, to handle other matters in the department, Kochan said.
Reporter Shenandoah Briere can be reached at 518-478-3320 or by email at [email protected].