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Troy Police Chief Brian Owens To Retire In July

From left to right: Deputy Chief Dan DeWolf, Troy Mayor Patrick Madden, and Police Chief Brian Owens
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From left to right: Deputy Chief Dan DeWolf, Troy Mayor Patrick Madden, and Police Chief Brian Owens

Troy Police Chief Brian Owens is retiring.The city announced Friday afternoon that Owens will step down on July 14th after more than 23 years of service. 

Owens became chief in February 2018. Earlier this year, Owens was close to taking over the Watervliet Police Department in neighboring Albany County. 

Deputy Chief Dan DeWolf will become Owens’ permanent replacement. 

Owens issued a statement announcing his retirement: 

"There are few jobs in this world that can compare to being a police officer. From a young age, I wanted to be a Troy cop and I have been fortunate to have achieved that goal. I am where I am today because of the love, support and examples of my family, friends and mentors. This career has given me opportunities every day to help people in ways big and small. At times, I have seen the absolute worst in humanity, but far more often, I have seen the best in people. I have worked with some of the finest men and women that I have ever known and am grateful for all that they have done, and will continue to do, to keep Troy, our State and our Nation safe. For everyone who I served with: thank you for your teamwork and dedication to serving our City. I am also thankful for those in our community who not only support law enforcement, but who want to see an end to violence, crime and disorder. The past three plus years have been rewarding, yet exhausting, and now is a time for change. I would like to thank Mayor Madden for his trust and confidence in me and I extend my biggest thanks to the women and men of the Troy Police Department who allowed me the privilege to serve as a leader.”

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden also issued a statement:

“On behalf of the City of Troy, I extend my appreciation and gratitude to Chief Owens for his nearly quarter-century of service to our community, neighborhoods, families, and nation. He leaves the Troy Police Department a better, more responsive agency that is prepared to meet the challenges facing law enforcement agencies in the 21st century. I wish Brian and the entire Owens family the best as they begin this new and exciting chapter in their lives.”