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Veteran Cop Announces Retirement

Chief William J. Kilfoil of the Port Washington Police District has announced plans to retire, effective April 30, after nearly 39 years of service.

 The Board of Commissioners Monday announced the appointment of Assistant Chief James Salerno as Acting Chief of the District.  Salerno has been with the department since 1981.  He served as Administrative Lieutenant from 2000 to 2004 and was promoted to Assistant Chief in 2004.  It has been speculated for a long time that Salerno would succeed Kilfoil as Chief.

Commissioner Dave Franklin explained that before making a permanent appointment to the position, the department is required to administer a civil service exam that is open to any lieutenant with five or more years of service.  The commissioners must then choose the permanent appointment from among the top scoring candidates.  No date has been set for the exam.

Chief Kilfoil first announced his intention to retire last summer, saying that he would be leaving at the end of January.  In January he decided to remain on the job.  Community members who asked not to be publicly quoted suggested that Chief Kilfoil stayed on until the PBA and the commissioners reached agreement on contract issues.  The PBA and the District recently approved the broad terms of a new contract.

A resident of Hicksville, Kilfoil was hired on July 16, 1974.  He spent seven years as a “beat cop”. In September 1981 he began his rise through the ranks.  He was promoted to sergeant and assigned to the Detective Division as Port Washington’s first School Resource Officer. In January 1985 he was promoted to the post of Administrative Lieutenant and on April 30 1987 he was again promoted to the rank of Deputy Commanding Officer of the Police District as Captain of Police.  He became acting Chief of Police in November 1992 and was formally sworn in on January 16, 1993 as the ninth Chief of Police of the Police District.

Chief Kilfoil’s official “walk out” celebration will occur on April 29 and will be followed by a retirement dinner on June 27.