SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – The Schenectady Fire Chief will retire Thursday after more than three decades of service.
Fire Chief Michael Della Rocco joined the Schenectady Fire Department in 1975 and became an officer in 1983. He was appointed Fire Chief in April 2011.
Chief DellaRocco said it's been a great run with the fire department, but he said it's also a perfect time for him to retire.
Della Rocco was honored by Mayor Gary McCarthy and current and retired members of the Schenectady Fire Department during a Walk Out Ceremony at the fire department headquarters at 10 a.m.
"There's a great deal of transition that is going to take place this year and I felt that for me to leave early will be better for the department. It's a tough day for me but also a very good day for the department," said Chief DellaRocco.
A new chief has not been selected, yet, but it will be up to McCarthy to make that decision.