Schenectady police chief may be headed to Vermont

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Schenectady may be in search of a new police chief.

Current Schenectady Police Chief Brian Kilcullen is a top candidate for the police chief position in Rutland, Vt.

According to Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras, the city is waiting on the results of a background check and an official signed contract.

Kilcullen has been with the Schenectady police department for over 20 years and became chief in 2013, according to Louras.

“Brian’s skills were a strong match for those with which we were looking,” Chair of the Rutland City Police Commission Larry Jensen said in a press release. “He has led efforts related to Community Policing and Data Driven Strategies.  It is his style to be directly involved with his community and to be very accessible.  I am very excited to have found someone who will keep us moving forward in the direction we have laid out for ourselves at the Rutland City Police Department.”

Kilcullen was selected by a 13-member search committee made up of the five members of the police commission, the Rutland mayor, the chair of the public safety committee of the board of aldermen, the president of the board of aldermen, a member of the police union, a member of the non-unionized police officers, and three members of the general public.

According to the mayor, Kilcullen said the following to the Rutland community:

“I am honored and thankful to the Police Commission, Mayor Louras, the Board of Aldermen and the entire Search Committee to be selected to serve as Rutland’s next Police Chief.  I look forward to serving Rutland’s residents with integrity, professionalism and responsiveness.  My wife, daughter, and I are excited for the opportunity to become part of the Rutland community.”

Kilcullen is scheduled to begin his service in Rutland on November 2, according to Louras.

NEWS10 ABC reached out to Chief Kilcullen for comment but has not heard back.

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