SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - Former Assistant Police Chief Brian Kilcullen was appointed as Schenectady's new Chief of Police at City Hall on Monday.
Chief Kilcullen, an 18-year veteran of the Schenectady Police Department, started out as a patrol officer in 1994, and eventually worked his way up from Sergeant to Lieutenant to Assistant Chief, and now Chief.
His father, Skip Kilcullen, says his son took his lifelong advice and it paid off. "I always told him to work hard and you can be whatever you want to be, just be the best at it."
Kilcullen's mother, Maryanne Kilcullin, could barely hold back tears of pride at Monday's swearing in ceremony at Schenectady City Hall. "He deserves it. He always works hard and I'm just so proud of him."
Mayor McCarthy says he chose Kilcullen knowing he will be "respective and responsive" as Chief.
Chief Kilcullen's appointment did not come without some controversy. Schenectady City law mandates that Police Chiefs live in the City of Schenectady. Kilcullen lives in Milton, in Saratoga County.
He says he plans to live with his parents in Schenectady during the five-day work week, and return to his Milton home on the weekends with his wife Diane and 11-year-old daughter Delaney.
"I'm a Schenectady native. I love the city, and I'm proud to serve it as Chief," says Kilcullen. "I will be living with my parents while I'm working, but I have obligations in Milton that'll have to be taken care of on my days off."
Kilcullen says he is not relocating to Schenectady full-time because he doesn't want to disrupt his daughter's schooling.
He says the first thing on his agenda is to ramp up crime prevention programs used in certain high-crime pockets of the city.
Kilcullen's brother, Kevin, is also an officer on the Schenectady police force.
Kilcullen has spent the past four-and-a-half years as Assistant Police Chief under Mark Chaires, who stepped down as Chief of Police on Monday, December 31st.
Chaires said he is taking a break from law enforcement to concentrate on completing his Ph.D in Criminal Justice.