The Guilderland Police Department welcomed the promotion of Roger Ginder to the rank of sergeant at a Wednesday, Dec. 17, ceremony held at the Guilderland Town Hall.
Ginder is leaving his position as a youth services officer in the Guilderland Police Department.
We're sad to see him go. He's very talented with the puppets, joked Police Chief Carol Lawlor, who continued in a more serious vein. "He's well qualified for this position, and I look forward to working with him."
Ginder sat on the standard operating procedures committee for fire dispatchers, was a past president of the CSEA dispatchers union and became a police officer in 1994.
Ginder joked that some people thought his promotion was a long time coming, while others could not understand how the department would let him achieve sergeant.
"I promise I'm going to do the best to please both sides," Ginder said. "I am excited to be here. I am glad to be a part of the new administrative team."
Ginder recited his oath with his two daughters at his side and family and friends turning out to support him. All those on hand watched as he playfully hesitated during the recitation of the promise to obey superior officers.
Town Supervisor Ken Runion praised Ginder for his work as an officer and said he expects more of the same from Ginder.
"I know you're going to do a great job," he added.
Councilman Patricia Slavick said four candidates interviewed for the job and each was qualified.
"They have a lot of dedication for our town," she said.
Lawlor thanked the members of the review board for their effort in making the decision. The board is made up of Capt. Curtis Cox, Lt. Dan McNally, who was out of town for the ceremony, Sgt. Eric Batchelder, union representative Russel Tallman, and Democratic board members Slavick and Paul Pastore.