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Falvo to retire after 40 years with Schenectady Police Department

Falvo to retire after 40 years with Schenectady Police Department

Assistant chief's walkout scheduled for Feb. 7
Falvo to retire after 40 years with Schenectady Police Department
Assistant Police Chief Jack Falvo, center, attends the 2020 State of the City address.
Photographer: Marc Schultz

SCHENECTADY — Assistant City Police Chief Jack Falvo, Jr. is retiring after 40 years on the force.

After working for five mayors and nine police chiefs, Falvo’s walkout ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 7.

The outgoing assistant chief, who has spent his entire career in Schenectady, said he would do it all over again. 

"It provided a very precious and comfortable life for us, and for that, I am very grateful,” Falvo said on Monday. 

Falvo began his tenure with the Police Department Jan. 7, 1980 as a patrolman. Since then, he’s steadily moved up the ranks, promoted to sergeant, lieutenant and assistant chief in 2001.

He served as acting chief for a nine-month stretch in 2002. 

More recently, Falvo was tapped by the mayor to oversee the Buildings Department in 2018, an effort designed to improve coordination between the building, Police and Fire departments and fix issues with code enforcement following the fatal 2015 Jay Street fire. 

The City Council honored the “unofficial Mayor of Goose Hill” on Monday. 

“The dust has finally settled,” said Councilwoman Karen Zalewski-Wildzunas, who read a formal statement commending his service. 

Nearly two dozen uniformed officers and detectives joined Falvo during the brief presentation, as well as family members. 

The longtime officer was a graduate of the FBI National Academy and received the Thomas A. Constantine Leadership Law Enforcement Award in 2017.

But none of the outgoing chief’s accomplishments compare to his personal accomplishments as the “devoted husband of Kate, proud father of Jack III, Jared and Jessica and loving grandfather to newborn Adriana Rose,” said the resolution. 

Falvo also formed Jack’s Place in memory of his late son Jack Falvo III, a foundation designed to house out-of-town patients of Ellis Medicine and Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital.

Jack, Falvo said on Monday, “is with us in spirit.”

Falvo received a standing ovation from city officials. 

“He will continue to be passionate, quick with a hug and a kiss so be prepared, and slow to leave events since he knows so many people and has to say goodbye to all of them,” said Zalewski-Wildzunas.

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