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Scotia chief to step down

As chief, Rush said he learned a lot about administrative tasks, but also learned more about handling personnel and citizen complaints, which he said is probably the toughest thing he did.

"When you are in a small department, you wear an awful lot of hats and probably a lot more hats than some of the chiefs in the larger departments and that is even so for the officer themselves," said Rush.

Rush said he wasn't pushed out and village officials wanted him to remain as chief.

"I know the trustees and the mayor would have liked to have me there," said Rush.

Talks on hiring a new chief are ongoing, and Rush will remain at his post until the Board of Trustees appoints someone to the position.

If the board hired solely on the civil service exam tests, which they are not required to, there are two perspective candidates.

"There are two people that took the chief's exam and passed it," said Kastberg. "We don't have to hire those people so what we are going to do is advertise the job and interview people and appoint who we think is necessary."

Scotia Sgt. Daniel Thouin took an internal promotional exam for the position of chief on March 5 and passed. Also, on March 6, 2010, Lt. Jason Temple, of the Schenectady County Sheriff's Office took an exam for the position and passed. Both test results are valid for a period of four years.""

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