Schenectady’s police chief will ring in the New Year with a new job: running a long-standing arts center on Hamilton Hill.
Mark Chaires will retire Dec. 30, according to Mayor Gary McCarthy, who said Chaires informed him of the new date about two weeks ago.
Chaires had previously announced he would retire, then took back the date and refused to say when he was leaving. But now that his departure is confirmed, McCarthy has interviewed the three assistant chiefs who passed the civil service examfor chief.
He said he will appoint one of them shortly after Jan. 1.
A worker at the Hamilton Hill Arts Center, Kenneth Montgomery, said the decision to hire Chaires came recently. He said no one even knows when Chaires will start work.
“We don’t know exactly yet,” he said. “We’re going to play it by ear.”
He also wasn’t sure exactly what Chaires would bring to the organization. It has struggled financially, sometimes through poor budgeting, but has remained popular for the strength of its varied arts programs.
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