Jamestown Police Chief To Retire Next Month

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JAMESTOWN – The City of Jamestown’s Police Chief says he will be retiring next month.

Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings told WNYNewsNow on Tuesday his last day on the job will be July 10.

“After 24 years here in Jamestown I have decided it is time to retire,” said Snellings in a statement. “I plan to take some time off and spend it with family.”

Snellings began his career in 1996 with the Jamestown Police Patrol Division. During his time in the department he led the SWAT Team, served as training director, team commander and platoon commander.

Snellings was first appointed to lead the agency in July 2013, succeeding Police Chief Rex Rater.

The Chief served three terms at the head of the department. His current term was set to expire December 31, 2021.

Prior to his career in Law Enforcement, Snellings served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves for a total of 22 years.

In order to fill the position, Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist will need to name a successor. That candidate will need to be confirmed by the Jamestown City Council.

“It is with difficulty that I accept the retirement of Chief Snellings, who has faithfully served the Jamestown Police Department for 24 years,” said Mayor Sundquist in a statement. “Chief Snellings has been an incredible resource for our City as head of Public Safety, and I wish him the best during his very well deserved retirement.”

The Mayor says he will be working to find qualified candidates to fill the position in the coming weeks as the Chief begins to wind-down his career with the City over the next month.



  1. I was an intern at JPD. I’d see officers fighting in the garage then go out an arrest ppl for Disorderly Conduct (fighting). Internal affairs complaints against officers were insane.

  2. Its about time. Hopefully whoever takes his place won’t be as corrupt and play favorites like he did. Deciding if people should be charged based of who there family is no matter who sever the crime was. If he liked your family you had a free pass to do whatever you wanted in Jamestown.

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