Wayne W. Calder
Occupation: Rotterdam Police Department (Ret)
Political Affiliation: Democrat
A Vietnam Veteran, served in the U.S. Navy. Married my wife Bobbi and moved to Rotterdam in 1967. We have two children and five grandchildren. A communicant of St. Paul the Apostle Church, I enjoy playing golf and pickleball. Appointed to Rotterdam P.D. in 1971, Youth Services 1979, and Detective 1984. I served as an Investigator with the DEA Narcotics Division, and upon returning was promoted to Lieutenant in the Detective Division. I served as Deputy Police Chief until retiring in 2001. I volunteered with the Carman F.D. and Rotterdam Little League, and served with the Schenectady County Traffic Safety Board, the Rotterdam PBA, the Northeast Police Chiefs, and New York State Chiefs of Police Associations. I was elected to the Mohonasen School Board for a three year term ending in 2004, and now work part-time for Mohonasen. I am the endorsed Democratic, Conservative, Independent and Working Families Party candidate.
Why do you want to sit on the Town Board?
Our Town faces serious problems. My ability to work with others to find solutions and my experience in government are attributes I bring to the Board. I was told that success in public service comes from listening to the people and I am a good listener.
Do you think the Town Board of Rotterdam is dysfunctional? If so, how do you plan to fix it?
The Town Board comes from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, hard working and strong willed individuals from the fields of business, education, engineering, and law. I would harness this energy and focus on what unites us instead of what divides us, for the common good of our Town.
How do you plan to deal with Rotterdam's current budget?