There were nothing but kind words for Detective Jerry D. Golden, who announced his retirement Friday after a 23-year career with the Watertown Police Department.
Im happy for him, but Im sad to see him go, Lt. Joseph R. Donoghue said.
Mr. Golden started as a patrol officer in 1990 and served in that role until he was promoted to detective in general crimes in 1999. In 2003, he was transferred to the Metro-Jefferson Drug Task Force, where he worked until last week.
Since 1997 he served as president of the Watertown Police Benevolent Association. Before serving as president, Mr. Golden was a member of the organizations board. Lt. Donoghue said Mr. Golden served the organization in some capacity for more than 20 years.
Jerry did so much for our department, Lt. Donoghue said.
In 2005, Mr. Golden received the American Legion Officer of the Year award for the Watertown Police Department. He was a SWAT team member, firearms instructor and a former dive team member.
He was a dedicated officer, Capt. Cheryl A. Clark said.
Both Capt. Clark and Lt. Donoghue said there is no schedule yet to fill the positions vacated by Mr. Golden or Detective Richard J. Purvis, who retired March 11.
With two members of the force leaving, three new recruits will join the department this year.
Tyler J. Hill, Michael E. McAdoo and Jennifer L. Kerns were hired March 13 and started their 26-week training at the Broome County Law Enforcement Academy in Binghamton on March 17. Lt. Donoghue said the recruits will stay at the academy during the week and return home on the weekends.
After the three graduate from the program in September, they will begin a 12-week, field-training program at the city police department. That portion of the training will involve going on ride-alongs with other officers and getting a feel for their new department.
Theyll be learning the ropes, Capt. Clark said.
Mr. Hill, 21, a Lowville resident, was studying public justice at SUNY Oswego when he decided to take a leave from the college to enter the academy. He studied at Jefferson Community College before attending SUNY Oswego.
Mr. McAdoo, 29, previously served in the Army and was stationed at West Point. While he is originally from Arkansas, his wifes family lives across the border in Canada. Lt. Donoghue said they moved to the area to be closer to her family.
Ms. Kerns, a 23-year-old Chaumont resident, served in the Coast Guard in Connecticut. She hails from the Poughkeepsie area.