Retiring police chief thankful for support
ONEIDA — Oneida Police Chief John Little said goodbye at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting after 23 years of service and thanked everyone for making those years special.
“I just have a few things to say,” Little said during public comment. “It was a tough decision for me to retire, and I wanted to make the decision while I’m healthy and feel good. I want to meet some of the goals I want in my life.
“I love Oneida,” he continued. “I’ve spent a lot of time, care, and sacrifices here. I want to thank Mayor Helen Acker for her support and support of the police department. I want to thank Commissioner Kevin Salerno for our talks and his support. And I want to thank the council for their support and ask them to continue to do so. All the people I’ve worked with, from Lee Ann Wells and me going back and forth on the budget, to Sandy LaPera for help with the FOIL requests and Fire Chief Dennis Fields, who’s a good friend. And the countless other employees, thank you. I’m honored to be in that company.”
Little thanked his family for their support and understanding and the people of the Oneida Police Department.
“The men and women of the Police Department have gone above and beyond for this city,” he said. “I wouldn’t have had half the success as police chief without them. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”
Little’s last official day will be Monday, Feb. 20.
“It’s been a pleasure working with [Little] these last few years,” Acker said. “[Little’s] class and compassion shine. I hope you enjoy your retirement. There’s a whole big world out there, and you’re young and healthy. You leave big shoes to fill.”
Salerno spoke during new business, thanking Little for his service.
“I’ve made a lot of promotions over my career as a fire chief and commissioner, and Little has made me the proudest, by far,” Salerno. “He’s done an awesome job these past two years.”
In order to have a smooth transition, Salerno said he had chosen Assistant Police Chief Steven Lowell to take over, effective on Little’s retirement.
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