Resolution J6053-2013

Honoring Chief Dennis Latham upon the occasion of his retirement from the Stillwater Police Department after 38 years of distinguished service

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  • Jun 20, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Jun 20, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 16, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Chief Dennis Latham upon the occasion of
his  retirement  from the Stillwater Police Department after 38 years of
distinguished service

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and honor
those distinguished officers and citizens who would devote themselves to
public service, demonstrating great courage and diligence  in  providing
for  the  care and welfare of the citizens of their communities and this
great Empire State; and
  WHEREAS, Within every community of the State of  New  York  there  are
certain  individuals  who, by virtue of their commitment and dedication,
command the respect and admiration of their community  for  their  exem-
plary contributions and service on behalf of others; and
  WHEREAS,  This  Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Chief Dennis
Latham upon the occasion of his retirement from  the  Stillwater  Police
Department  after  38 years of distinguished service on Monday, June 30,
2014; and
  WHEREAS, For nearly four decades,  Dennis  Latham  rendered  faithful,
conscientious  and valuable service to the Stillwater Police Department,
earning the admiration, esteem and affection of his colleagues; and
  WHEREAS, A native of Saratoga Springs, Dennis Latham is a graduate  of
Saratoga High School and also served his country as a member of the Army
National Guard; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1972,  this esteemed man moved to Stillwater, and within
three years, helped establish its own police force together with several
colleagues; at first, he served under the original title  of  constable,
before  completing  his  training and eventually becoming a full-fledged
police officer; and
  WHEREAS, Rising through the  ranks  to  become  Police  Chief,  Dennis
Latham  has overseen a number of innovations over the years, including a
K-9 unit and bike patrol; in addition, his department began a  neighbor-
hood watch program to better coordinate services in the community; and
  WHEREAS,  Under  his  administration, the Stillwater Police Department
has displayed a high degree of professionalism, facing  the  many  chal-
lenges of modern police work with diligence and care; and
  WHEREAS,  Chief  Dennis  Latham  was on hand for a number of important
events, including the 1998 hurricane which deeply affected the  communi-
ty,  several large floods and the 2008 ice storm; he consistently served
with loyalty, honor and distinction, and always showed a unique grasp of
human problems in his official acts; and
  WHEREAS, In addition  to  his  professional  responsibilities,  Dennis
Latham has been called upon to contribute his time and talents to count-
less  civic  and  charitable  endeavors  and has always given of himself
unstintingly; and
  WHEREAS, With him throughout have been his wife, Lynne and their  four
children,  all  of  whom  feel  privileged  to be a part of his life and
rejoice in his achievements; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that those dedicated
public servants who unselfishly devote their lives to  the  preservation
of order and the protection of others are worthy and due full praise for
their commitment and noble endeavors; now, therefore be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Chief Dennis Latham upon the occasion of his retirement  from  the
Stillwater  Police  Department  after 38 years of distinguished service;
and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Chief Dennis Latham.

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