Chad Storey named new Shandaken Police Chief
By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board unanimously ushered in local policeman Chad Storey as the town’s new police chief, effective July 19.
Storey’s appointment follows the retirement of current Chief James McGrath, who is stepping down later this month.
Storey, who will be paid $23,000 a year for the part-time job, was chosen from a field of nine applicants, four of whom were local police officers.
Supervisor Rob Stanley said the decision was difficult, but in the end, Storey was the right man for the job.
“Chad is a local officer who comes with exceptional qualifications,” he said Monday. “And comes with not only a personal knowledge of the area and people but has proven himself exemplary in both the positions as a part-time officer with the Town of Shandaken and also as a canine officer… and a Sergeant with the Ulster County Sheriff’s Department.”
Stanley also gave special thanks to McGrath, who he described as a close personal friend.
Stanley drew laughs from the audience when he alluded to McGrath shooting himself with his own gun several years ago by saying that McGrath was always there for the town, handling shootings, “both accidental and otherwise.”