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Greenburgh Names Interim Police Chief

Greenburgh interim Police Chief Brian Ryan
Greenburgh interim Police Chief Brian Ryan Photo Credit: File

The Greenburgh Police Department is turning to a familiar face to fill the void left by retiring Chief Chris McNerney.

Capt. Brian Ryan has been named the Interim Chief, effective on Monday, Aug. 26, taking over McNerney’s position. A permanent chief is expected to be appointed next year after the administration of a civil service promotional exam in March, Town Supervisor Paul Feiner said.

Ryan has been with the department for three decades and “has an outstanding record of experience and achievement,” Feiner added. He has worked in every division of the department, most recently as the Commanding Officer of the Detective Division.

The Detective Division is tasked with investigating most major crimes that happen in Greenburgh. Ryan was in charge of three squads, which each included one sergeant and three detectives. The division also includes the department’s Juvenile Aid Unit.

In July, McNerney announced his intention to retire and take a job with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office as their Chief Criminal Investigator.

“The Town Board would like to thank the Greenburgh Police Community Advisory Commission for participating with the selection process, as well as the other outstanding Police Captains that were interviewed for the assignment,” Feiner said, noting that Ryan will officially be introduced at the Town Board meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 28. “We wish Chief-designee Ryan great success and look forward to working with him to make a great Police department even better.”

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