Watervliet Police Chief Stepping Down

May 23, 2019

Watervliet Police Chief Mark Spain at his swearing-in ceremony in 2016.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

After three years leading the Watervliet, New York Police Department, Chief Mark Spain is stepping down to become a public safety sergeant at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in neighboring Troy, his hometown. The 50-year-old joined the now 26-officer Watervliet department in 1998. 

I spoke with Spain about his decision to leave the Albany County city’s force.

Spain, who leave his post as chief at the end of May, says the search for an acting chief will include internal and external candidates.