Shandaken Police Chief Jim McGrath retiring after 34 years

By Jay Braman Jr.
James McGrath, a 34-year veteran of the Shandaken Police Department and its longtime chief, will retire from that position next month.
The news was sent to the town board in a letter from McGrath, who said he would still be available to help the department.
“The decision to retire has not been an easy one, but I feel it is time for me to move on,” McGrath wrote.
The small crowd in attendance at the June 2 meeting applauded McGrath after Deputy Supervisor Tim Malloy read the chief’s resignation aloud. Malloy himself said that he was “sorry to see him go.”

Many changes
According to McGrath, the department, although still only a part-time one, has come a long way.
“It has been a pleasure watching the police department grow into the professional department it is today,” McGrath wrote. “I wish the town of Shandaken and its police department the very best in its future and know it will continue to strive to better serve the community and protect its residents and visitors while providing this very necessary community service.”
This year’s police department budget is $333,846. McGrath is paid an annual salary of $23,000.
The town expects to decide on a new chief at the end of the month in hopes of having McGrath’s replacement ready for duty when McGrath officially steps down on July 18.
Applications can be found in the town supervisor’s office or online at
Applications must be returned to Shandaken Town Hall, 7209 Rt. 28 – PO Box 134, Shandaken, NY 12480. Applications are due in the town supervisor’s office by Friday June 20 at 3 p.m. For more information email or call 845 688-7165.