Trooper pay after graduating from the academy is $66,905, the state police website said, and base pay after five years is $84,739.
The Oneonta Police Department is authorized for 27 sworn police members from patrol officers to chief, Nayor said, and one vacancy exists for a patrol officer.
The council in this year’s budget cut an authorized 28th position, and a task force is studying personnel levels and other police department issues.
Nayor said he is committed to hiring only qualified officers who will be part of the department’s current excellence. Positions will remain open until the “right person’’ applies, he said.
“I can’t be emphatic enough,’’ he said. “I only want quality.’’