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‘Very dedicated chief’ set to retire from Niskayuna force

‘Very dedicated chief’ set to retire from Niskayuna force

Niskayuna Police Chief John Lubrant is retiring and the deputy chief is expected to replace him, tow
‘Very dedicated chief’ set to retire from Niskayuna force
Niskayuna Assistant Police Chief Stanley Faminski shares a laugh with Chief John Lubrant after Faminski retired from the force after 31 years in July 2013.

Niskayuna Police Chief John Lubrant is retiring and the deputy chief is expected to replace him, town officials announced Tuesday.

Lubrant, 55, is retiring with more than 30 years with the Niskayuna Police Department. He has served as police chief since mid-2009.

Tapped to replace him is Deputy Chief Daniel McManus, who has 22 years on the force. McManus was promoted to deputy chief last summer, having previously been a detective sergeant with the department.

The Town Board is to vote on McManus’ appointment next week to start work Feb. 1.

Lubrant’s final day on the books is to be Jan. 31. His final day at the station, however, is today. A walking-out ceremony is to be held at 3:30 p.m.

“He’s done a good job. He’s been a very dedicated chief, a very dedicated public servant,” Niskayuna Supervisor Joe Landry said Tuesday. “Town residents have benefited from his hard work.”

Lubrant said he notified the Town Board last summer of his intention to retire. Weighing on his decision were back problems he’s had in the past couple of years. He and his wife also plan to use the time to visit their daughter on the West Coast.

But the decision wasn’t an easy one, Lubrant said.

“At this point in time, I’m looking to spend a little more time with family,” Lubrant said.

Lubrant took over the department on an interim basis in July 2009 after the retirement of the previous chief, Lewis Moskowitz. Lubrant then got the permanent title of police chief in January 2010.

He joined the department in 1982 as a patrol officer. He made lieutenant in 2001.

McManus joined the department in 1992, making sergeant in 2005 and detective sergeant in 2007. He also served as department spokesman in recent years.

In July 2013, he was appointed deputy chief. Landry said that move was made with an eye toward Lubrant’s retirement. The expectation on the board was that the deputy chief would succeed Lubrant as chief.

“We believe John did a good job in selecting a candidate,” Landry said of Lubrant’s recommendation of McManus as deputy chief.

The expected salary for McManus was not available Tuesday.

McManus’ appointment as chief will technically be provisional. He is expected to take the police chief’s civil service exam in March.

Also expected to be promoted with a board vote next week is Sgt. Michael Stevens. Stevens is to be promoted to lieutenant, Landry said.

McManus on Tuesday declined to address his expected appointment as police chief, deferring to the Town Board at this point. He did say he is honored to be considered.

As for the outgoing chief, McManus said he “couldn’t be happier for him.”

“He really had a great career and just did justice to the position of chief,” McManus said.

“I’ll be thinking that I’m going to miss the men and women that get the job done for us every day,” Lubrant said.

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