The Schenectady County SPCA has named David Dean as the organization’s new Chief Humane Law Enforcement Officer.
Dean was sworn in by Schenectady County Sheriff Dominic Dagostino on Tuesday afternoon. He replaces Chief Mathew Tully, who resigned due to an upcoming military deployment. Tully, a National Guard member, will spend one year in Afghanistan.
Dean spent 20 years with the Troy Police Department. He was appointed as public information officer and confidential advisor in 2003, and has provided analysis on major criminal case investigations to national television networks.
“The Schenectady County SPCA will assume new and complicated responsibilities in the New Year and beyond. I am ecstatic at the opportunity to face and meet these challenges head on and help the SPCA move forward as a leading animal protective organization in New York State,” said Dean.
“The SPCA is lucky to have him take on this unpaid position,” said Tully of Dean. “The citizens of Schenectady are fortunate to have such a skilled and experienced law enforcement officer helping improve the quality of life for animals and people at no taxpayer cost.”