After three years as Cobleskill’s Police Chief, Jeff Brown is retiring.
The Cobleskill Village Board accepted his resignation, effective July 29, at Tuesday night’s meeting.
Chief Brown has been on the force for 30 years and became chief when Rich Bialkowski left to take a position at SUNY Cobleskill in 2019.
“I’m devastated by it, but after 30 years. . .” Mayor Becky Terk said.
Chief Brown, 53, said he told village officials he’d “give them three years” when he became chief.
Now is a good time to step down, he said.
“The department’s in good shape,” he said. “We have really good people, and with minimum preparation I can bow out.”
He became a police officer because he wanted to help people, and “I think I’ve accomplished that goal.”
Chief Brown plans to spend more time with his family and enjoy his motorcycle and hiking the Adirondacks.