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November 4, 2013

Troop C gets new commander

A state trooper who started his career in local Troop C has been assigned as the unit’s commander.

Maj. Donald M. Faughnan has been named troop commander of the unit headquartered at the Sidney station in Unadilla, according to a media release. Troopers in Troop C work out of 17 facilities and the unit covers seven counties including Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga and Tompkins.

Faughnan’s assignment was made by state police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico, the Nov. 1 release said.

Faughnan succeeds Maj. Kevin Molinari, whose last day as Troop C commander was May 29. Molinari’s retirement became official June 25, and he retired reaching the mandatory retirement age of 60.

Faughnan started his career in 1982 as a trooper assigned to Troop C. He was promoted to sergeant in 1988 and to lieutenant in 1995, then to captain in 2004, the release said.

Later, he was assigned in 2009 when he was promoted to major to the Forensic Investigation Center in Albany. Faughnan has worked in Troops C, T (Thruway) and H.

Faughnan is a graduate of the State University College at Oswego and has a degree in public justice. He also is a graduate of Binghamton University’s master’s degree program in applied social science.

Faughnan has been a longtime resident of the Troop C area, and many relatives have and still work in public service, according to a media release. His father, Donald Faughnan, was an assistant chief for the Binghamton Fire Department.

Maj. Faughnan has three brothers. Timothy Faughnan is the chief of the University Police at Binghamton University, and Stephen Faughnan is an assistant chief for the Binghamton Fire Department, the release said, while Eugene Faughnan is running for election as a judge to the State Supreme Court, 6th Judicial District position.

The Troop C superintendent has two sisters. Maryellen Faughnan-Kerien is a French professor in Syracuse, and Kathleen Cornilus works as an insurance claims agent in a private company.

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