Troy Police hold “walk out” ceremony for retiring Chief Tedesco


TROY (WRGB) – The Troy Police Department honored retiring Police Chief John Tedesco Friday morning, with a farewell “walk out” ceremony.

Family, friends, community members, local leaders, and police officers gathered to honor Chief Tedesco’s nearly 42 years of service.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden proclaimed January 12, 2018 as “Chief John F. Tedesco Day” in the City of Troy.

“I would like to thank the chief for his many amazing years of service and his extraordinary commitment to the citizens of Troy,” Mayor Madden said. “Notably, he was a trailblazer in the area of community policing and domestic violence victims’ services, two areas that touch our community intimately.”

Former Troy Mayor Harry Tutunjian spoke with CBS6 and reflected on Tedesco’s service. “When I appointed the chief several years ago it was a very important decision for the city of Troy moving forward, he was the right chief at the right time I think he did a great job with the department. It's sad to see him go, but I'm happy he's leaving on his own terms, his decision, and I wish him the best.”

Tedesco’s longtime friend, and other high school classmates were there to show their support also. “We’ve been with him for a long time…great guy, super chief, Troy’s going to miss a great guy.” Joseph Panza said.

As the crowd applauded Tedesco, he thanked many of them.

Including his family and friends: “If it weren't for you people looking out for me as things progressed with me, I wouldn't be standing here today and my farewell would have been much sooner.” The former chief said.

He also thanked his police officers: “We've been together through some very difficult times. We've had a lot of success, but the most important thing is we stand her today as one. That is the hallmark of a great organization and a great organization is only as good as the people in it, and let me tell you there is nobody better.”

And with on final salute, now former Chief Tedesco said goodbye.

“I salute you on a job well done, thank you, goodbye” he said.

Now former chief Tedesco transferred operations of the department to Assistant Chiefs Van Bramer and Owens. Troy Mayor Patrick Madden has not appointed a new chief yet.

Before retiring, the Chief sat down with CBS6 to reflect on his career.

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