Melville Officially Takes Over As Acting State Police Superintendent


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Albany, NY – Col. John Melville of Orange County, a 29-year veteran of the State Police, has officially taken over as acting State Police superintendent.

Prior to being promoted to colonel, Melville commanded Troop F in Middletown, which handles the west side of the Hudson River from Rockland County to Greene County.

He began his career as a uniform trooper in the Middletown Barracks of Troop F prior to being promoted to uniform sergeant and assigned to Troop D in Syracuse.  He continued to work his way up the ranks and in 2007, became deputy superintendent in charge of the Internal Affairs Division, prior to his present position as the field commander.

Melville is the third person to hold the top job at the State Police in two weeks.

Superintendent Harry Corbitt retired after the Yankees World Series scandal involving the governor broke, and days after Acting Superintendent Pedro Perez was named, he too announced his retirement.