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Chaires reflects on decisions, bad cops, crime

Retiring Schenectady police chief eyes Hamilton Hill job, doctorate

Outgoing Schenectady Police Chief Mark Chaires in his nearly empty office at police headquarters prior to his departure to become of the new head of the Hamilton Hill Arts Center on Saturday, December 29, 2012.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Outgoing Schenectady Police Chief Mark Chaires in his nearly empty office at police headquarters prior to his departure to become of the new head of the Hamilton Hill Arts Center on Saturday, December 29, 2012.
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Retiring Schenectady Police Chief Mark Chaires always thought twice about any major decisions. On Saturday afternoon, his disheveled and nearly empty second-floor office in the department headquarters on Liberty Street indicated no second guessing about the decision to end his four-year tenure as chief. “People would laugh, but as stubborn and driven as I can seem sometimes, I don’t think there are many people who second guess themselves more than me,” he said during a ...

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wmarincic
December 29, 2012
11:12 p.m.

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Some good cops are gone under Chaires tenure.

CalvinHobbes
December 29, 2012
11:43 p.m.

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Indeed

popeye11
December 30, 2012
9:57 a.m.

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Some bad cops are gone too, and thank God for that.

tonijean613
December 30, 2012
10:08 a.m.

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Please choose a replacement who will live in the City and who will pay the high taxes the rest of us pay to fund their high salaries. We need police who have skin in the game and who will be effected by how well they actually do their job.

wmarincic
December 30, 2012
3:58 p.m.

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tonijean613 You too continue to blame the police for the residency laws and the taxes. The last I knew that was done by the democrat city council and the mayor. If you want the law changed then petition those fools that got elected to the council and mayors position and change the laws for new hires. BTW they have to live in the city for the first five years and they are penalized under their "union contract" for not moving within six months of hiring. Please stop blaming the police for something that is not theiir fault.

ThePhilistine
December 30, 2012
9:52 p.m.

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Skin in the game?? Does risking their lives in the city count? People act like cops would not care about the place they work unless they lived there and that makes no sense..Nobody no matter what the job wants to work in a dump..I would think those guys want to streets safer since they are the ones out there in harms way everyday. That is skin in the game.

I hope they pick whoever will do the best job not the first guy who happens to move in.

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