Rudzinski named first female police chief in East Greenbush

June 17, 2019 01:31 PM

EAST GREENBUSH – Already the first woman to hold a command rank in the police department's history, Elaine Rudzinski is about to become the top cop, when she succeeds longtime Chief Christopher Lavin at the end of the month.

"This is certainly my other family," said Rudzinski. I've spent more time with them over the past 24 years than sometimes my own family and I think we learn from each other."


On Monday, Rudzinski, 50, was introduced as the next police chief. She was chosen from a group of five final candidates interviewed by the town, according to Supervisor Jack Conway.

"I've been getting calls from law enforcement professionals all over the Capital Region saying good job, we made the right pick," Conway said during a news conference.

Joining the department in 1995, Rudzinski has been a school resource officer, DARE officer, sergeant and detective sergeant. She is one of four children and married to a retired EGPD cop. They have two 10-year old daughters.

"To have chosen from our own ranks one of the best police officers I know," said Lavin. "She has a knack for and an interest in solving crimes. She has an ability to sit down with a suspect and get them talking. She's a crime-solver."

Rudzinski will be officially approved this Wednesday night at the town board meeting, but she won't take over until June 28, the day Lavin retires, eight days shy of 50 years on the force. She has a number of goals - including hiring more officers and "to get back involved in community and business contact as far as implementing some different training that parents can come to, community can come to."


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