By Kelly Walters
TOWN OF NEWBURGH – After more than 40 years of police work, Town of Newburgh Police Chief Michael Clancy is ready to say goodbye to the community he spent most of his life protecting.
Clancy started his career as a police officer in the City of Newburgh in August 1974, where he served as a patrol officer. After five years with the department, three of which he spent as a detective, Clancy moved to the Town of Newburgh Police Department.
In his more than 35 years with the Town of Newburgh, Clancy climbed the ranks serving as a patrol officer, youth officer, patrol sergeant, detective sergeant and lieutenant between the years of 1979 and 2012. After serving as a lieutenant for 17 years, Clancy was promoted to chief.
Born and raised in the City of Newburgh, he considers one of the highlights of his career starting out in the city where he grew up. Clancy feels he got a behind-the-scenes look at his hometown, he said.
“I didn’t even know the extent of what was going on at the time,” Clancy said of criminal activity in the city. But as a police officer he was able to view the city not only from a resident’s perspective, but as a police officer. In both roles, he watched the city and town of Newburgh develop, through hardships and times of prosperity, he said.
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