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Cortland Police Chief Paul Sandy Announces Retirement

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The City of Cortland Police Chief Paul Sandy has announced that he will be retiring. The announcement came during the City of Cortland’s Common Council meeting Tuesday night. Sandy began his career with the City of Cortland Police Department back in 1985.


Chief Sandy worked his way up with being promoted to Uniform Sergeant in 1993 and reassigned to Detective Bureau in 1995 by being a member of the County Drug Task Force. In 2003, he was promoted to Detective Lieutenant and 6 years later, in 2009, promoted to Deputy Chief. Sandy became Chief of Police in 2021.

In 2018, Chief Sandy was one of the founding members for the Cortland 9/11 Memorial Foundation. The foundation worked to construct the memorial in Courthouse Park in the City of Cortland. Throughout his career, Sandy has been recognized for numerous awards, letters, and commendations from local, state and federal agencies.

“When we needed to get something done, we pick up the phone and call Chief Sandy and he gets it done; with diligence and without the second ask. That’s probably one of the things I’m gonna miss the most, but certainly the friendship and the working together and trying to make Cortland safer and better.”

City of Cortland Mayor Scott Steve said to the Common Council what he will miss the most with Chief Sandy retiring.

Chief Sandy will officially retire from his four-decade career on July 31st. The City of Cortland has announced they will undertake a national search for a new Police Chief for the City of Cortland, but also look into possibly promoting from within the department itself.

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