August 22nd, 2012
Downing Park honors Police Chief Ferrara
City of Newburgh Police Chief Michael D. Ferrara
NEWBURGH - The Downing Park Planning Committee (DPPC) recently honored City of Newburgh Police Chief Michael D. Ferrara. This year marks Chief Ferrara’s 40th year of service on the City of Newburgh Police Department.
The Annual Downing Park Planning Committee Fundraiser was held on July 21st at the City of Newburgh Visitors Center, on Carpenter Ave. The Downing Park Planning Committee has held the fundraiser/award dinner since 1999 using proceeds to fund restoration work, operating expenses, community events, and more.
Mike Ferrara became a City of Newburgh Police Officer in 1972 at the age of 20. He graduated from Dutchess Community College with an AAS in criminal justice, attended Marist College and graduated from Nyack Theological College with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Ferrara progressed through the department from patrolman to detective (1972-1975) and has held command rank since being promoted to a lieutenant in 1989, a captain in 1992, Deputy Chief of Operations/Administration for 17 years from 1994 until 2010 and then promoted to Chief of Police in December of 2010.
The Chief holds more than seventy certificates including executive development, group assertiveness skills for managers, community policing, instructor development, executive leadership, value centered leadership, customer service, project management, and strategic planning.
“Chief Mike Ferrara exemplifies public service in the City of Newburgh,” said DPPC Executive Director Chris Tripoli. “We are pleased to be able to honor him for his 40 years of commitment to the people of the City of Newburgh,” added Karen McCarthy, President of the DPPC.