Port Police Chief to Retire

William J. Kilfoil to end long-time career on April 30.

Port Washington Police Chief William J. Kilfoil announced his upcoming retirement, effective April 30. The district submitted this write-up, in wishing Kilfoil well. 

Chief William J. Kilfoil of the Port Washington Police District is retiring on April 30 after nearly 39 years of service. Chief Kilfoil was hired on July 16, 1974, by then Police Commissioners Frank Scobbo, Charles Murphy and Everett Hehn. For seven years, Kilfoil was a “beat cop.” He became a friendly presence on Main Street, Port Washington Boulevard and the many traffic crossings in town.

In September 1981, he was promoted to sergeant and was assigned to the detective division as Port Washington’s first school resource officer. He remained in that position until January 1985 when he was promoted to the post of administrative lieutenant. On April 30, 1987, he was again promoted, this time to the rank of the deputy commanding officer of the police district as captain of police. He became acting chief of police in November 1992 and was formally sworn in on January 16, 1993 as the ninth chief of police of the police district.

Chief Kilfoil was born in New York City. He moved to Hicksville in 1962. He is a 1969 Regents Diploma Graduate of Hicksville High School and is a 2000 Magna Cum Laude

Graduate of Long Island University at C.W. Post in criminal justice studies. He is happily married to his wife of 37 years, Janet and has one son, Michael.

“As Teddy Roosevelt once said, far and away, the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing” stated Chief Kilfoil. “I have enjoyed all my years serving this wonderful community. I always tried my best and gave it my best shot.”

I thank you all for providing my family and I such a great living for the past 39 years.

Chief Kilfoil stated that not only is he proud of his public service to Port Washington, but he is also proud that he is past president of both the Nassau County Municipal Police Chiefs Association and the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police. He also served on three F.B.I. Criminal Justice Information Service Committees from 2006 – 2012.

He has no immediate plans for his retirement except to try to improve his golf game.

Patch will report on plans to hire a new chief when they are announced. 

Robert J. Pape, Jr. April 11, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Best of health and enjoyment Chief in your retirement. Thank you for your many years of dedicated service to our community.


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