COLONIE — The Town Board, by unanimous decision, hired seven new officers to fill vacancies created by recent retirements.
The new police officers were hired off a Civil Service list established on Dec. 8, 2021 and all carry a starting pay of $60,933.
Police Chief Michael Woods said “the Colonie Police Department has a proud history of selecting highly qualified individuals and tonight we will continue that tradition.”
“I sit on the State Chiefs Committee and I talk to chiefs around the state and I will tell you first hand there is not a town, city and local government that supports their police departments but also all our first responders like our supervisor and Town Board,” he said.
Selecting a new officers is a five-month process beginning with the Civil Service exam and includes a background check. All seven will now need to attend the Zone 5 Police Academy and undergo field training.
The new officers are:
• John Fouracre: A Colonie High and SUNY Cortland graduate who has worked at FedEx for the past three years.
• Corey Friedman: A lifelong Colonie resident and graduate of Shaker High and Hudson Valley Community College. He has worked as a town 911 dispatcher for the past six years.
• Joshua Spenziero: A lifelong resident of Colonie and graduate of Colonie High and HVCC. He has worked for the town since 2007 and for the past five years was a foreman in the Pure Waters Department.
• Matthew Casey: A Shaker High and HVCC grad, he has worked as a shop manager at Precision Automation before deciding to become a police officer.
• Alison Floyd: A lifelong resident of Colonie who graduated from Colonie High and St. Rose, where she earned a criminal justice and behavior in law degree. She obtained a masters from forensic mental health from Sage Graduate School. She has worked for seven years at the state Department of Criminal Justice Services.
• Mark Egan: A lifelong resident of Colonie and graduate of Shaker High and HVCC. He had been working as a RGIS as an inventory specialist.
• Stefanie Miller: A lifelong resident of Colonie and graduate of Shaker High and SUNY Canton. She has been working as physical therapist assistant for the past three years. (She was also on the chief’s little league baseball team when she was about 8 years old.)
“Law enforcement is one of the most honorable and rewarding professions,” Woods said. “I want to be the first to congratulate you and commend you for stepping up to the challenge and the desire to serve our community.”
The seven new officers were administered the oath of office by Supervisor Peter Crummey.
Also, at the Thursday, July 21 meeting, the Town Board hired Trevor McDaniel to a position in the Town Attorney’s Office at a salary of $71,262.