NISKAYUNA, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The Niskayuna police chief is resigning after more than 30 years with the force.
Francis Wall became the town’s first female police chief after Daniel McManus resigned.
According to town code, the operations of the police department will be taken over by the deputy chief. In a statement, Town Supervisor Yasmine Syed wishes Wall the best in her retirement:
“I wish to express my gratitude to Chief Wall for her more than three decades of service to the town and our residents and wish her the best in her retirement. I am saddened to have read an email, which was sent to Police Department personnel yesterday that I only gained knowledge of today, the contents of which contain incendiary claims.”
“The town is set to begin the process of constituting our Police Reform and Reinvention Implementation Task Force this month, on which Chief Wall would have been a member, in part to implement the progressive changes that she desired. While I cannot comment on the specifics of personnel matters, I believe that this email was authored as an act intended to change the narrative in anticipation of a determination into a workplace violence investigation.”