Chief of Police
Chief Kenneth R. Parkinson is proud to have served the City of Plattsburgh for the past 24 years. When he began the Police Academy in 1993 he was 24 years old. In 2003 he became Patrol Sergeant and continued in that service for over a decade. During that time, Parkinson was selected to serve on the Special Response Team. In that capacity Chief Parkinson and the team received the mayoral commendation for diligent service in the Dannemora Manhunt of June 2015. In 2016 Parkinson was promoted to Administrative Lieutenant. With close to twenty five years of service with the Plattsburgh Police Department Parkinson was appointed to Chief in 2017 by Mayor Read and City Council.
Chief Parkinson is proud to lead the highly trained men and women of the Plattsburgh Police Department in their mission to deliver effective and responsive law enforcement services to all persons within the City of Plattsburgh in a fair and equitable manner.
Parkinson embraces his role as Chief of a Department that is an integral part of the Plattsburgh community. In keeping with the Plattsburgh Police Department mission statement he intends to lead in a manner that demonstrates his commitment to open communication with those served by the department. Chief Parkinson plans to further the practice of community policing and establishing priorities that enhance the quality of life for the entire city.
As a North Country native Chief Parkinson graduated from Clinton Community College. He is proud to call the City of Plattsburgh home and tries to reap all the benefits of living where the Adirondack Mountains meet the waters of Lake Champlain.