Colonie police chief celebrates pending retirement

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – After 42 years in law enforcement, Colonie Police Chief Steven Heider is retiring, and Thursday night, they celebrated.

Family, friends and fellow officers came together at the Desmond Hotel to look back on Heider’s years of service and the effect he has had on the town of Colonie.

Chief Heider takes great pride in the fact Colonie was named the number one safest town in America two years in a row. The town is also constantly ranked in the top ten safest towns in the country.

With such good rankings, now seems like a good time to retire.

“I could have retired after 20,” Chief Heider said. “Someone forgot to tell me that. I forgot to do it after 40. It is time to move on. It is time to address other things in life, and it is time to let other people move it up and take advantage of the opportunities there.”

Heider is still chief for the next seven days. Then, he said, he will be gaining about 50 hours a week and 80 nights a year, and he has no doubt he will find something else to do.

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