HUDSON FALLS — Village Police Chief Randy Diamond has announced he will retire, with his last day slated for Sept. 5.
The news came at a Village Board meeting Monday night. Diamond has served in the department for 34-1/2 years and was police chief for a decade.
He’s following in his brother’s footsteps, taking a position at BOCES as a school safety officer. His brother, Rick Diamond, was a retired detective with Hudson Falls police when he went to work at BOCES. Rick Diamond died last year.
“I’ll miss a lot, actually,” Randy Diamond said Thursday, reflecting on his service. “It’s been a wonderful experience. There was certainly some good times and bad times, but overall, it’s an amazing experience. I just enjoyed my career as a police officer. I just feel that I’ve served this community for over 34 years, and now I can step into this school system, and it’s serving the community in a different capacity. On the same token, it’s hard to leave a job you basically worked your whole life.”
About to turn 55 and looking to spend more time with his wife and two daughters, he said the transition to school safety officer felt right. He knows many of the staff already through his brother, he said.
He has served in every position in the village department, from dispatcher to chief. Police work is in his blood, he said. His uncles and brothers all served in law enforcement in some capacity, but it was his brother Rick who inspired him to start out in the department at 20 years old.
There are 23 people in the department, and he said he’s “deeply indebted to all of them.”
“Chief Diamond will be missed, and his dedication, and commitment, and service to the village has been very much appreciated,” said Mayor John Barton in a phone interview Wednesday.
Barton said three police officers are currently eligible for the chief position, but he did not know if any are interested. The chief’s civil service exam won’t be given until March, so a senior officer will likely run the department in the interim. A new chief will be selected in May or June next year, he said.
The Village Board and Diamond plan to meet soon to discuss who will lead the department during the transition.
In the meantime, he said, his nephews carry the torch as police officers. They have sons, too, and Diamond hopes they’ll consider a similar career path when they’re older.
“I think there are more Diamonds in law enforcement to come,” he said.