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Gloversville Police Chief set to retire after 22 years of service to department

Gloversville Police Chief Marc Porter during Tuesday's Common Council meeting announced that he will retire on Feb. 29 after 22 years of service to the city. (The Leader-Herald/Ashley Onyon)

GLOVERSVILLE — Police Chief Marc Porter during Tuesday’s Common Council meeting publicly announced that he will retire on Feb. 29 after 22 years of service to the city.

Porter joined the Gloversville Police Department in 1998 and moved up through the ranks until he became captain in 2014 serving under then Chief Donald VanDeusen. VanDeusen recommended Porter as his replacement upon his retirement in February 2016 and Porter was officially named police chief by the Common Council later that month.

Now announcing his own retirement Porter thanked the current Common Council for their support of the department over the years, saying that his departure from the force will be bittersweet, but he will remain a member of the community.

“I just want to say thank you really for all of your support over the years. We could not have done what we’ve done and accomplished without really everyone in this room, so thank you very much,” Porter said. “This is my home, it will continue to be my home and I will still be a member of the community.”

Porter went on to officially recommend to the council Capt. Anthony Clay as his replacement as the city’s next chief of police.

“He’s been part of the succession plan for many months now and I have full confidence in Tony and the rest of our staff to carry things forward and I think you’ll be very pleased with their level of professionalism and service moving forward,” Porter said.

Porter indicated that this was not the first time that the Common Council was hearing of his plans for retirement or his support for Clay as the next police chief. In recent months Porter hinted at these plans during public meetings, highlighting Clay’s ability to lead the department in his “absence.”

Clay joined the city police in 1995 as a patrolman working up the ranks to hold nearly every position in the department. Clay retired from the force in 2015 while holding the rank of captain of the detective division.

Clay continued to work with the department as a contractor following his retirement in an information technology capacity servicing the systems utilized by city police. He agreed to return to the force in March 2019 to fill the role of second in command serving as captain to the department.

At the time that Clay was reinstated Porter said the position was previously unable to filled following the retirement of Capt. Michael Scott in January 2018 as existing police staff did not have sufficient time or grade to qualify for the position under civil service requirements.

Mayor Vincent DeSantis on Tuesday noted that the city will go through a formal review process to officially select Porter’s successor before the individual is likely announced in February while recognizing Clay’s ability to fill the role.

“We think he is very capable of being able to take over,” DeSantis said, acknowledging that the Common Council has been aware of Porter’s plans for several months and worked with the outgoing chief to develop a plan of succession for the department.

“Chief Porter has been a wonderful administrator of the police department and it’s going to be very difficult to fill his shoes,” DeSantis added thanking Porter for his service to the city.

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