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Police Chief Dennis Nayor

Chief Nayor Gives Final Report, Receives Standing Ovation

 Chief Nayor Gives Final Report,

Receives Standing Ovation

Outgoing Oneonta Police Chief Dennis Nayor delivered his final Public Safety report to Common Council tonight, formally announcing his last day as Jan. 22, 2017, before he starts his new duties as Director of Research, Development, and Training with the NYS Association of Chiefs of Police. "The city is in good hands and it has been an honor to serve you," he said. "Now I'll be able to apply to 'Oneonta Model' to affect policing around the state."  He received a standing ovation from the Council at the end of his remarks. (Ian Austin/
Police Chief Dennis Nayor Accepts Job With State Association

Police Chief Dennis Nayor

Takes State Association Job

Dennis Nayor
Dennis Nayor

ONEONTA – Police Chief Dennis Nayor, who has served as City of Oneonta Police Chief since 2012,  has accepted a position of Director of Research, Development, and Training with the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police.

Chief Nayor began his career as a Patrol Officer on September 27, 1995. Since that time, he has served as DARE Officer, Sergeant, Interim Detective Sergeant, and Lieutenant.

He was promoted to Chief of Police on April 29, 2012. Under his leadership, the department received New York State accreditation, meeting 133 rigorous standards for best practices in policing. Less than 8% of New York State police departments of comparable size have earned this accreditation.

Community Vigil Planned To Honor Victims Of Gun Violence

Vigil To Honor Gun-Violence Victims

ONEONTA – A candlelight vigil to honor victims in the latest acts of gun violence, including Philando Castile, Alton Sterling and Dallas police officers, is planned at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 14, in Muller Plaza.

“The focus of the vigil will be to mourn the recent unnecessary loss of lives of police officers and young black men and to respect their memory,” said NAACP leader Regina Betts. “We stand with loved ones, friends and colleagues affected by violence.  We decry social injustices, especially racism, and seek  reconciliation and understand with those we somehow fear, resent or threaten.”

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