Today will be the final Memorial Day service for Kevin Molinari as commander of New York State Police Troop C in Sidney. The 60-year-old Oneonta High School graduate will officially retire June 25. His last day at his post will be May 29.
“In retrospect I could not imagine doing anything else,” he said. “It’s been the most rewarding and enjoyable opportunity. You get a chance to make a positive change in people’s lives.”
He is stepping down now because 60 is the mandatory retirement age for the state police. He could retire any time during that year.
“I wanted to be present for an additional Memorial Day,” he said. “It’s one of the most enjoyable days” when retirees, and families of those who died are in attendance, he said. “It’s a time to renew old acquaintances and reassure families of those who have lost loved ones that they have not been forgotten.”
In retrospect, “It’s been a good career that was made possible by the great support of family,” he said. He also thanked those people who have worked behind him as major for making his tenure successful. “It’s all about people doing outstanding work.”
Molinari started his career Sept. 25, 1978. He hadn’t given a lot of thought to joining the state police, but when his brother, who was a trooper, told him about it, he decided to take the entrance exam.
“I scored well enough to get employment,” he said.
After graduating from the New York State Police Academy in Feb. 1979. He was assigned, as was customary, to three different barracks for 30 days each. They were in Ithaca, Endwell and finally Norwich. He was on permanent assignment there until he was able to transferred to the Oneonta barracks, which was something he wanted.
“I was born and raised in Oneonta. It’s a nice little town,” he said.