HUDSON — Police Chief L. Edward Moore announced Monday that he is stepping down after 42 years in law enforcement, including 10 years as the city’s police chief.
Moore’s replacement will be Lt. Mishanda Franklin, the first person of color and the first woman to lead the Hudson Police Department.
“The future of our department is in big hands,” said Mayor Kamal Johnson.
Mr. Moore’s tenure with the Hudson Police Department will end when it closes on May 19.
“I’ve been doing this since I was a kid,” Moore said. “I enjoyed it so much that it’s going fast. And I’m looking forward to a God-willed-long retirement. I’m looking forward to keeping busy. there are a lot of.”
In a letter to the Common Council, 62-year-old Moore pointed out the highlights and some shortcomings the city has seen over the past decade.
“We’ve been through a lot in the last decade,” Moore wrote. “I moved the station where I lived on Warren Street for over 100 years. We’ve gone through a wild and violent 2017 and the pandemic, and we’ve also dealt with frozen mannequins, bears and the occasional capricious elk, through which all your officers can answer their calls. , stayed true to their duty to work the extra hours that all of this demanded.”
Moore’s letter also noted some difficulties experienced by the department, such as increasing foot patrols to reduce crime in the area.
“My hope back in 2013 was to be able to create a persistent and highly visible Foot Patrol,” Moore wrote. “While foot patrol hours have increased, they are still not at levels that the public can fully appreciate. Data show that foot patrols do not always dramatically prevent crime. For example, During two violent shootings (October 13, 2017 and May 16, 2020), our foot patrols actively patrolled just a few yards from the incident. , Foot Patrol is in the area, and near it, shots were fired on Columbia Street (January 23, 2023) and when a manufacturer’s window was shot (December 10, 2022). still allows us to strengthen personal relationships with our citizens and address minor quality-of-life issues.”
Moore said his most important achievement as police chief was saving the lives of Hudson citizens.
“I think the officers did a good job, and I was happy to be a part of it,” Moore said. “My greatest accomplishment is to give the people here the service they deserve, and I think we have achieved that. I think.”
Moore said he plans to remain active despite leaving the Hudson Police Department, including a part-time job at the Dutchess County Agricultural Society, which oversees all aspects of the Dutchess County Fair and all off-season events. .
“I’m going to keep busy,” he said. “I have a lot of projects.
Johnson said Moore left his mark on Hudson with his dedication to protecting residents as much as possible.
“We thank Mayor Moore for his service to the city over the last decade,” Johnson said. “He has made a lot of difference in our city. I was so happy.”
Residents say Moore has made Hudson a safer and more livable place.
“He’s a good guy who did his best to make Hudson a better place to live,” said Leslie McGowan of Columbiaville. “I wish him the best of luck in his retirement.”
Hudson’s Arthur Jones said Moore did his best to deal with Hudson’s issues, including the shooting.
“I think he did a good job as our chief,” Jones said. You can only ask for the best people, and he gave it his all.”