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New county SPCA chief sworn in

Former Troy Detective Sgt. leads SPCA after Tully steps down

Dave Dean is sworn in as the new chief humane officer by Schenectady County Sheriff Dominic Dagostino on Tuesday, Jan3.

Dave Dean is sworn in as the new chief humane officer by Schenectady County Sheriff Dominic Dagostino on Tuesday, Jan3. Submitted photo

— A former Troy police officer is ready to investigate crimes once again, but not the kind of cases he used to focus on.

David Dean was sworn in as the new chief humane officer for the Schenectady County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on Tuesday, Jan. 3, following Matthew Tully’s resignation due to his upcoming military deployment scheduled for July 2012.

Dean, formerly Detective Sergeant for the Troy Police Department, has 20 years of law enforcement experience aptly preparing him for his new position. Tully was the first chief of the SPCA.

“I am an animal lover and throughout the years I have had horses and dogs and cats,” Dean said. “I don’t want to be cliché in the whole give back thing, but … what else do you do with 20 years of police experience if you are not going to continue in law enforcement?”

In 2003, Dean was appointed by the Troy chief of police as public information officer and confidential advisor regarding internal and external department communications. National television productions, such as the History Channel and Discovery Channel, have even contacted Dean for expert analysis involving major criminal case investigations.

After Dean retired from the force in August 2009, he moved to Niskayuna. At 43 years old, he welcomes the opportunity to protect animals.

Being chief of the county SPCA doesn’t carry any form of pay. Everyone working for the SPCA is a volunteer.

Tully expressed gratitude to Dean for stepping up to the unpaid leadership position and said he would be a great addition to the SPCA. The resumes don’t come rolling in for people to work for free, according to Tully.

“I don’t think there is any person better suited to be the chief humane law enforcement officer for the SPCA,” Tully said. “He has tons of investigative knowledge and skills that will be a huge asset to the SPCA … We are honored to have such a high caliber person filling my shoes.”

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