Longtime Glenville Detective William Gallop is retiring following an internal investigation, but town officials are not commenting on the nature of the probe.
Late Thursday afternoon, Supervisor Chris Koetzle announced that the Glenville Police Department conducted an internal investigation into an incident to insure that “all proper departmental procedures” had been followed. Gallop used his personal leave time during this investigation, which Koetzle said has since concluded.
“There will be no further comment as to the substance of the investigation,” he said.
Gallop has announced his intention to retire, according to Koetzle. “This was his personal decision and was not requested by the town,” he said.
Koetzle had nothing further to say on the matter when reached by telephone. Police Chief Michael Ranalli could not be reached.
Speculation in town the last two weeks had been that a Police Department employee had been suspended.
Gallop responded by email Thursday, saying being subject to an internal investigation had nothing to do with his decision.
“Internal investigations are protocol in law enforcement. I believe it is not only a good way of keeping the officers honest, but also of keeping the community believing in the officers who protect and serve them, he said. He said he will pursue a private sector career.
Gallop is a 21-year veteran of the force and has been a detective since 2007. He was the town’s third-highest earning officer in 2010. As a detective, he received a base salary of $69,976 and boosted his income by $13,713 when factoring in longevity pay, out-of-grade pay, comp time cash-in and vacation time.
Among the high-profile cases Gallop investigated were when he posed as a prospective buyer in January 2010 to catch Edward Hughes of Schenectady, who was accused of stealing about $10,000 worth of rims and tires from new Subarus at Capitaland Motors in Glenville. Hughes was later sentenced to one to three years in state prison.
In 2007, Gallop and Detective Michael Lamb were involved in an incident when William Nantz tried to run down police in Maalwyck Park to avoid being arrested on drug charges. One of the detectives fired their weapon, hitting the driver’s side tire. Nantz jumped into the Mohawk River and was rescued from the water near Lock 8.
Also, that year, Gallop shot a 20-pound rabid fisher that had attacked a woman in her garage.