SARANAC LAKE — The Village of Saranac Lake will need to replace its chief of police come year’s end.

Saranac Lake Police Chief Bruce Nason, 47, advised the Village Board he will be retiring in about six months.

“I did tell them I will be leaving, either at the end of December or the end of January,” he said.

“I haven’t submitted paperwork to the (police) retirement board, but I wanted to let the village know as early as possible to give them time to conduct their job search.”


The village has moved forward and requested the open Civil Service test, which will be offered in March next year. The annual exam is a requirement for people interested in serving and is given countywide.

A promotional exam will be held at the same time for officers already on the force who would like to apply for the position, Nason said.

“The board can put someone in as interim,” he explained of the lengthy application process. “But for a permanent position, the applicant list would have to come off the official Civil Service test.”

The Saranac Lake Village Police Department has 12 officers, including the chief.


Nason said he will be moving from Tupper Lake to Vermont, where his wife, Patricia, grew up.

“An opportunity came up for us to buy some property over there. We’ve been over a couple of times, making sure the house is in order,” Nason said.

He was hired for the chief’s post in 2008. At the time, he was a sergeant in Saranac Lake Police Department.

His salary for 2013 was $72,337.

By early 2015, Nason will have served 20 years in law enforcement.

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