TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Troy police chief stepped away on Friday after 40 years on the job.
A retirement ceremony for Police Chief John Tedesco took place Friday morning with members of the Troy Police Department and Mayor Patrick Madden.
If hugs were dollar bills, the longtime police chief would be a rich man. It felt like every person in Troy was at the ceremony to wish him well on his last day of work.
He worked 41 years and 10 months as a Collar City cop.
“To give you some perspective, more than 60 percent of today’s department hadn’t been born, yet,” Mayor Madden said to laughter. “I’m not saying you’re old.”
Faces young and old filled the crowd, including the former mayor who made him chief.
“I think he did a great job with the department, and it’s really kinda sad to see him go, but I’m happy he’s leaving on his own terms and I wish him the best with his new life with his family,” former Troy Mayor Harry Tutunjian said.
For Tedesco, the city of Troy and its officers have been his family. And despite some health challenges right now, his leaving is his choice.
“I feel very satisfied, very happy,” he said. “A little bit nostalgic saying goodbye, but I’m very comfortable with my decision and I’m sure it’s going to work out well.”
Tedesco will leave for Florida on Saturday.