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City of Cortland Police Chief Paul Sandy has announced his retirement. The announcement was made during Tuesday night’s Cortland City Council meeting. Sandy began his career with the City of Cortland Police Department in 1985.

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

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

“If we needed something done, we picked up the phone and called Chief Sandy, and he got it done; with care and without asking. That’s probably one of the things I’ll miss the most, but certainly the friendship and the cooperation and trying to make Cortland safer and better.”

Cortland City Mayor Scott Steve told the City Council what he will miss most after Chief Sandy retires.

Chief Sandy will officially retire on July 31 after a four-decade career. The City of Cortland has announced that it will conduct a national search for a new police chief for the City of Cortland, but will also explore the possibility of a promotion within the department itself.