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Chaires chosen as new Schenectady police chief

Dorothy Chaires pins the Schenectady police chief's badge on her son, Mark, during a Thursday morning ceremony in City Hall.
Dorothy Chaires pins the Schenectady police chief's badge on her son, Mark, during a Thursday morning ceremony in City Hall.
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Mark R. Chaires, the son of the city’s first black police officer, took the oath of office this morning as the city’s first black police chief. Chaires, 52, was sworn in by Mayor Brian U. Stratton. Chaires’ new chief’s badge was pinned on him by his mother, Dorothy. Stratton, in appointing Chaires, said the 20-year-veteran clearly emerged as the strongest candidate for the post out of five who were interviewed. “He is an individual of ...

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September 18, 2008
12:10 p.m.

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Congraudulation are in order the this assignment, Hopefuly with his knowledge of the community he can be more effective that past chiefs.. I would expect his priorities to include more minority representation on the police force to reflect the community, but the real problem is getting minorities interested, motivated and more importantily test preperation for all candidates to improve the scores required to become police officers. Hopefuly his detailed information on the police department will reflect in not only an improved immage, but also improved results. After all what Schenectady needs is improvement in many areas but especially in the Police Department. Good Luck

September 18, 2008
12:30 p.m.

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Sorry folks but nothing will change. This man (along with the two other assistant chiefs) has been here through every single scandal with this department and done nothing to correct it.

In corporate america the buck stops with the head of the company and his managers. They are the ones RESPONSIBLE for the results of their workers. The city's administration should have remembered basic business principles and looked for a strong outside candidate to take over. Instead, don't be surprised to see officers leaving for other departments, a further depletion of manpower and a rise in the crime problems that will continue to drive the HONEST TAXPAYING VOTERS out of the city.

September 18, 2008
1:31 p.m.

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I guess all the talk about change and reform was just that. Everyone in that administration knows the community; the problem is that nobody wants to take responsiblity for it.

It would be interesting, for example, to find out who was in charge the night 5 officers were suspended without any investigation and why that judgment was made.

I am interested to see what his priorities are and how he plans to achieve the goals of this "new" administration.

September 18, 2008
2:51 p.m.

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Unbelievable, Stratton and the other city 'leaders' all talk about reform and change and what do they do, they put someone who has been a part of the problem in charge.

I think the citizens of Schenectady need to hold their leaders accountable and find out why this decision was made.

Everyone is too quick to blame the cops on the street when all they are trying to do is retun home to their families at the end of the night. Now with a commander in charge that is a part of the 'crooked' regime, their hands will be more tied and lives will continue to be in jeopardy - both the officers and the citizens.