CHIEF mark spain

Chief Mark SpainMark Spain was born in Troy, NY (Lansingburgh), raised by his parents, Barbara and Jim Spain. He was educated first at St. Augustine’s School then attended Catholic Central High School, graduating in 1986.

He currently resides in Watervliet, NY and has for the past 22 years. His wife of 21 years, Cori was born, raised, and educated in Watervliet as were their daughter Kylea and son Nathaniel. Cori is a teacher at Holy Spirit School in East Greenbush, Kylea attends SUNY Albany and works for the Watervliet Housing Authority and Nathan is a senior at Watervliet High School.

In 1998 Mark was sworn to duty as a Watervliet Police Officer and joined his Father-in- Law Joseph V. Germano, a Sergeant on the force as well as his Brother-in-law Joseph K. Germano a New York State Trooper out of Troop G (Latham). Mark was promoted to Sergeant in 2006 and two years later became the first School Resource Officer for the Watervliet Police Department / Watervliet City School District.

After serving as SRO for 5 years he returned to patrol work on the Second Platoon (Day Shift) and began the creation of the City of Watervliet Youth Court. The Court, comprised of students from the Watervliet School District would hear cases for both criminal and school-based violations that involved the Juvenile population and act as an alternative for these youth rather than entering the Criminal Justice System. Our Youth Court was quickly adopted into the NYS Youth Court Association and became a model for hearing truancy cases and applying an educational/community service plan to re-introduce students into the educational environment.

The Watervliet Police Department experienced a sharp drop in Juvenile crimes due to both the School Resource Officer Position as well as the Youth Court and was able to establish a positive working relationship between the School District and the Police Department.

Mark recently obtained his Associate’s Degree in Public Administration from Hudson Valley Community College and is currently working towards his Bachelor’s Degree. He is the recipient of the Watervliet Police Department’s Meritorious Service Award and has twice been awarded the Distinguished Service Award by Chief Ron Boisvert. He was also honored by Kid’s Count in 2015 for his work with Watervliet Youth including the City of Watervliet Youth Court.

Mark was promoted to Lieutenant in May of 2015 and served in the capacity of the Patrol Operations Supervisor in charge of the Patrol Division.  In January of 2016 Mark was appointed Acting Chief after the retirement of Chief Ronald Boisvert. 

On October 1, 2016 Mark was promoted to Watervliet Police Department’s 12 Chief of Police.