GUILDERLAND: Chief retires

In terms of appointing a new chief, Runion said for the time being Deputy Chief Carol Lawlor will continue as acting police chief. Runion said the town has a process to follow to appoint a new chief.

"We will be discussing that at a later date," said Runion. "At this point, I think we want to put this period of time behind us and move toward the future."

Murley's attorney, William Cade, could not be reached for comment.

In the past, Cade has described these charges as baseless and has defended allegations attacking Murley's work ethic.

Prior to his unpaid suspension on March 9, Murley had been on paid administrative leave since Feb. 8.

Hired as one of the town's original officers in 1972, Murley was appointed police chief in February 1973.

"He was a very long tenured police chief; possibly one of the longest in the state," said John Grebert, executive director of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police. "We wish him well upon his retirement; he had a lot of good years in Guilderland.""

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