Glenville’s longtime police chief is retiring and another longtime department member is expected to take his place, town and police officials said today.
Michael Ranalli, chief for the past decade, is retiring effective June 6 after a total of 32 years of law-enforcement service.
To take Ranalli’s place, the town board has selected Lt. Stephen Janik, who has 19 years of service to Glenville and 26 years total in law enforcement.
“He has the professionalism, he has the knowledge, he has the connection to the community,” Glenville Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle said today. “That’s very important to us. We’re confident in his leadership abilities, and so we think Steve’s the right choice.”
While Koetzle said the town and board is excited to have Janik and to work with him, he also praised the outgoing chief for his leadership in advancing the department to where it is today.
“He’s brought new standards to it, professionalism and really has made it the pride of Glenville,” the supervisor said. “I hear a lot of complaints, but I always hear good things about our police officers. So I credit Chief Ranalli for that.”
Ranalli, 54, joined the Glenville department in June 2006, named chief after serving 22 years with the Colonie Police Department. He informed the town board during the budget process last fall of his possible plans to retire.
A father of three, Ranalli said he expects to move into the private sector, but he’s still working out the details. He and his wife, Margie, have been married 33 years.
He said the town brought him on to grow the young department and he believes he accomplished his goals, noting strides in areas such as quality control.
“I did what I was hired to do and now I’m done,” Ranalli said, adding that he’s worked closely with his lieutenants and sergeants in decision-making.
Regarding Janik, Ranalli offered high praise. He says he’s leaving the 22-member department in good hands.
“Steve definitely has the skills, the professionalism,” Ranalli said. “He’s got the right attitude. We’ve handled a lot of difficult issues side by side. He’s more than capable of stepping into the role.”
Janik, 46, joined the Glenville department as an officer in 1997, transferring from the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. He started with the sheriff’s department in 1990. He grew up in Milton.
Since his arrival, Janik has steadily climbed the ranks, making detective in 2000, sergeant in 2006 and lieutenant in 2010. He has been the department’s spokesman since 2005.
Janik said he transferred to Glenville to focus on one community. He’s done that since.
Janik said he became an officer because that’s all he ever wanted to do. He never expected to be a chief, but he also said he took the promotion opportunities when they came his way.
“I never saw it coming, but I’m happy it’s here,” he said.
Janik said he wants to keep the department close to its community and its school districts. He’s also got an eye toward next year and the challenges the town will face with the casino opening on its doorstep in Schenectady.
Janik credited Ranalli with teaching him the administrative side of the job. Ranalli, next to Janik, showed his confidence his lieutenant spoke of his goals as chief.
“All I want to do is make sure that . . . I can be a good leader to the men and women of this department,” Janik said.
“Which you will be,” Ranalli interjected.
Janik said that he wants to continue to look out for his officers’ best interests and they know they can reach out to him at any time.
Janik is the father of a 14-year-old daughter. His girlfriend is Erica Ryan.
Janik is expected to be formally appointed chief at the town board meeting next week to start June 7. He took the chief’s civil service exam in March and is awaiting the results.
Janik’s salary is expected to be about $104,000. Ranalli’s base salary in 2014 was $105,000.
Ranalli is to formally retire June 6, but with time owed him, his last day is expected to be Friday.