A detective sergeant who began at the Niskayuna Police Department in 1992 has been named its new deputy police chief.
Daniel McManus was named to the post this past week after the previous deputy chief, Stanley Fiminski, retired.
Friday was Fiminski’s last day on the job after 31 years with the department, and his co-workers gave him a fond send-off.
He recalled his time with the department but also said he felt like it was time to move on. He started as a patrol officer at the age of 28.
“I spent 31 years here, and this is a young man’s job,” Fiminski said.
“I’ve done pretty much everything that I can do here. I’ve accomplished a lot here, and it’s time to turn the reins over to some younger guys with the ability to move things along for the future.”
Fiminski made sergeant in 1992 and lieutenant in 2005 and was named deputy chief in January 2011.
McManus has been with the department 21 years, making sergeant in 2005 and detective sergeant in 2007.
He has also served as the department’s public information officer.
McManus was formally named deputy police chief Tuesday after a Town Board vote.
“I think of it kind of as a support role, supporting the chief [John Lubrant] in determining the direction he wants to take the department,” McManus said, “and then supporting the patrol division and detective division, to help give them the resources and guidance to accomplish that mission.”
McManus said he will have some big shoes to fill stepping in for Fiminski.
“Over the years, we’ve gotten to know each other pretty well, and we’re going to miss him,” McManus said.
Also promoted Tuesday was Detective Alan Bell, who was promoted to the rank of sergeant.
Earlier this month, the department hired a new officer, Brandon Maura.