Matthew Taggard, who most recently held the rank of lieutenant, was appointed by the Town Board last Friday to succeed Paul Watzka, who retired last month after nine years at the department’s helm.
Taggard, 42, will be paid $88,427 per year.
Taggard has been a member of the department since 1990 and has lived in the town of Ulster for 18 years. He became a sergeant in 1996 and a lieutenant in 2003. He has worked in the department’s K-9 division; has been an instructor for the Ulster County Law Enforcement Group and the Citizens Police Academy; and, for the past 10 years, has been a member of the Ulster County Emergency Response Team.
Taggard said on Wednesday that he was honored to be chosen as chief.
“Words cannot describe the pride that I feel,” he said.
Taggard will oversee a staff of 36 sworn officers, 25 of whom are full-timers.
Taggard said that
one of his goals as chief is to improve the police department’s relationship with residents and businesses in the town. He also wants to draw on resources from outside the town because of the weak economy.
“I want to find new ways to work cooperatively with our surrounding agencies,” Taggard said.
Taggard said he is confident the department will continue to provide top-notch service.
“It is going to be difficult, but I am confident that, with the Town Board, we are going to find ways that will be agreeable to all parties,” he said.
Category: The New Chief