By Allison Collins
SIDNEY – It was announced last week that superintendent at New York State Police Troop C George Beach, II selected former captain William McEvoy for promotion to the rank of major and troop commander of the Sidney barracks. The appointment became effective Sept. 21.
McEvoy replaces previous troop commander Major James Barnes, named to the post in December 2015. Barnes will advance to staff inspector at division headquarters in Albany.
McEvoy said that, while the superintendent likely considered other candidates, he was grateful for the appointment.
“There’s no direct career path (to major),” said McEvoy Tuesday, “but it’s an honor (and) not something I expected.”
McEvoy began his career as a trooper with Troop C in 1984. As troop commander, he will oversee a seven-county demographic: Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga and Tompkins.
“I oversee all of Troop C all three zones, all admin and BCI,” explained McEvoy. He added, “I’m responsible for what goes on in Troop C.”
Throughout his 33-year career with law enforcement McEvoy said the majority of his work has been investigative.
In 1989 he worked as an investigator with the Drug Enforcement Task Force in New York City, then as a sergeant (2000) and senior investigator (2005).
In 2007, upon rising to the rank of lieutenant, McEvoy was assigned to the Professional Standards Unit. Following that appointment, he returned to Troop C as a lieutenant with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, specifically.
In 2012, McEvoy was promoted to the rank of captain and assigned once more to the Professional Standards Unit, known at the time as the Community Narcotics Enforcement Team.
Before being named troop commander, McEvoy’s most recent promotion in 2015 was to commander of Zones 1 and 2, Oneonta and Binghamton, respectively.
A husband and father of two, McEvoy resides with his family in the Troop C-area, making where he works and serves his home, too. An extension of that, McEvoy said, he intends to keep his focus as commander on the needs of the Troop C community.
“I want to let the community know that we’re a part of that community,” said McEvoy, adding, “We are there to protect and serve and be available.”
Praising his colleagues alongside his community, McEvoy said, “I have great people and a great staff here, but it’s all about being in the community and taking care of the people of Troop C.”
To learn more about Troop C and its history, plan to visit the centennial celebration and open house Saturday at the Sidney barracks from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.