Timothy O’Neill

New Hartford officer O’Neill retires after 35 years on force

Published Oct 10, 2018 at 4:00pm

NEW HARTFORD — Longtime New Hartford Police Department second-in-command Timothy O’Neill has retired after 35 years on the force.

Lt. O’Neill’s last day was on Sept. 28. He said his retirement will include spending more time traveling with his daughter and working on a hobby farm in southern Herkimer County.

“Just enjoy life,” O’Neill said of his plans.

O’Neill joined the New Hartford Police Department in May 1983 when he was in his mid-20s. Born and raised in New Hartford, O’Neill said, “I always had an intrigue for” police work, and the New Hartford Police were an “up and coming agency, a lot of potential for growth and advancement, so I decided it was a good place to stay.”

Throughout his career, O’Neill served under multiple chiefs and led the Oneida County Drug Task Force for several years. One of the hardest cases he had to face was the shooting death of fellow officer Joseph D. Corr in February 2006.

About retiring after so many years, O’Neill said, “It’s the right time.”

“I’ve had my injuries over the years, and the longer you stay, the more they stick out,” the lieutenant stated.

“I always liked the excitement of the job. Stories I got, lots of them.”