Scotia’s hometown atmosphere is what attracted Pete Frisoni when he was looking to begin the next chapter of his law enforcement career.
“It’s a great little village. It’s got a real hometown feel to it,” said Frisoni, whom the Board of Trustees on Wednesday officially appointed as its next police chief.
About 60 people packed Village Hall to extend best wishes to the incoming chief, including Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney and Glenville Police Chief Michael Ranalli.
Mayor Kris Kastberg said the large crowd is a testament to the respect that Frisoni has earned. Fifteen people had applied for the position, according to Kastberg.
“Without question, Pete came out head and shoulders above the other candidates,” he said. “We’re looking forward to a new eye on the way we do things in the village.”
Frisoni, 47, said he is grateful for the opportunity. “I appreciate the trust and confidence you’ve shown,” he said. “I promise I will lead this department with professionalism and integrity. I’m looking forward to working with each and every officer. They do great work.”
He also thanked his wife Stacy for her support. “I’m where I am today because of her,” he said. The couple, who live in Glenville, have five children.
Frisoni said afterward that he believes he will bring the experience and skills he has developed during his 23 years in Schenectady, where he rose to the rank of captain, to improve upon what he considers to already be a very good department.
Starting in 2007, he was Schenectady’s No. 2 man in its investigative services bureau. He also served as the department’s public information officer from 2003-07.
He plans to meet with residents and business people to get a feel for their issues and concerns.
“The citizens have been very vocal in support of the police department,” he said.
Earlier this year, residents voiced opposition to the concept of merging the village department with Glenville.
Frisoni will receive a salary of $90,000. He starts Sept. 5 — Labor Day.
“I will be here on Labor Day. I’m ready to get started,” he said.
He replaces Thomas Rush, who will be returning to his previous rank as sergeant.
Village officials are not sure whether Frisoni will have to take a civil service test to assume the chief’s role, so he is being appointed on a provisional basis. Kastberg said Frisoni took the assistant chief’s test in Schenectady, so that may be sufficient for the much smaller, 13-member village force.
The board also agreed to apply for a section 211 waiver to allow Frisoni to collect his Schenectady pension while working for the village. Kastberg does not think they will be successful because there is one person on the competitive and promotional civil service lists for the position.