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City of Ithaca Names New Police Chief

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The city of Ithaca has named its new Chief of Police.

Lt. Thomas Kelly of the Schenectady Police Department has 23 years of experience in policing in the Upstate New York community of 67,000, first as a patrol officer before promotions to sergeant, Detective Lieutenant, and Patrol Lieutenant.

Mayor Laura Lewis announced the appointment on Monday, which is contingent upon Common Council’s December 6th vote, after interviewing two finalists for the position and considering input from the department, the search committee, and community members.

Lt. Kelly has 23 years of experience in policing in Schenectady, a diverse city of 67,000: first, as a Patrol Officer before his promotion to Sgt, followed by promotion to Detective Lt. and subsequently Patrol Lt. In his present role, Kelly has responsibility for ensuring that all subordinate staff comply with department regulations and policies, has represented his agency to the community, responding to local safety needs, and has used a system (Performance Appraisal System and Standard Quality Control Reports) to monitor career development and training for assigned staff.

As Detective Lt., Kelly represented his agency for the Gun Involved Violence Elimination Program (GIVE), introduced new tactics in successful homicide investigations, and partnered with statewide agencies on crime investigations.

Kelly has a Master of Public Administration from the University at Albany, is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and has a Graduate Certificate in Cyber/Computer Forensics from the University of Louisville. Thomas Kelly is slated to begin his role as Chief of IPD on December 18th.

Mayor Lewis thanked Acting Chief Ted Schwartz for his contributions and support throughout this transition to a permanent Chief at IPD. He will be returning to his role as Lt. of Investigations.

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