The city has hired seven new police recruits, bringing the department closer to a full staffing level.
Mayor Gary McCarthy introduced the recruits, six men and one woman, and conducted a swearing-in at the start of Monday night’s City Council meeting. The recruits had to pass a physical fitness test, a psychological exam and interviews before getting hired.
"It's a great day for the city of Schenectady, and a proud day for these individuals and their families," McCarthy said.
Police Chief Eric Clifford previously said he hoped to hire 12 people this year, which would help alleviate overtime costs and other issues associated with lack of staffing.
The department only was able to hire seven, so it will look to fill the five remaining openings with the next class of recruits at the beginning of next year.
The department canvassed about 100 people for this year's openings, Clifford said, and interviewed more than 30. Of those, the seven hires were most qualified following a "very rigorous" application process, he said.
The new recruits will enter the Zone 5 Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy on Tuesday for six months of basic training. That will be followed by 12 weeks of department-supervised field training.
The new police recruits are:
Brian D. Boudreau: Boudreau, 25, is a graduate of Granby Junior-Senior High School in Massachusetts and Westfield State University, where he earned a degree in criminal justice.
Michael G. Gallagher: Gallagher, 24, graduated from Schenectady’s Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School in 2011. He attended Sage College in Albany before transferring to SUNY Brockport, where he graduated in 2015 with a degree in criminal justice.
Anthony J. Laurenzo: Laurenzo, 29, attended Mechanicville Junior/Senior High School, Catholic Central High School and Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School. He earned a degree in business management in 2012 after attending Barry University, Hudson Valley Community College and Bentley University.
Mark D. Rossello: Rossello, 26, graduated from Mohonasen High School in 2009. He attended Hudson Valley Community College and Schenectady County Community College, and has an associate degree in criminal justice.
Charles W. Stevens: Stevens, 22, graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 2013. He has an associate degree in business and administration from Hudson Valley Community College, and is enrolled at SUNY Binghamton to earn a degree in political science.
Michael J. Webber: Webber, 24, graduated from Niskayuna High School. He attended SUNY Albany, where he earned a degree in criminal justice.
Angela M. Yodis: Yodis, 22, graduated from Schalmont High School in Rotterdam. She attended SUNY Canton before transferring to SUNY Potsdam. She is working toward a bachelor’s degree.