December 4, 2021

New chief takes reins

Dryden officially taps Josh Tagliavento to lead police

Kevin Conlon/city editor

Dryden Police Chief Josh Tagliavento stands Monday outside the Dryden Village Offices. Tagliavento was recently named chief after serving as interim chief for the past 18 months.

DRYDEN — Josh Tagliavento has been in charge of the village police department for more than a year and a half, but last Wednesday, he became the new police chief.

Tagliavento had been officer-in-charge of the department since August 2018. His appointment came after years of rapid leadership turnover — the village went through three police chiefs in four years.

The village board of trustees, perhaps a little gun shy, waited a little longer in officially hiring Tagliavento as chief. Mayor Michael Murphy said he and the board wanted to make sure Tagliavento had both the leadership ability and the desire to stay with the department. He must still pass a state test for the position.

“We had a fair amount of turnover for a few years, and you never intentionally hire to have someone temporarily,” Murphy said. “We know that he can do the job well. And he’s committed to staying, and that’s a real benefit.”

Tagliavento has been with the department since 2014. He first became a police officer in 2011, when he was hired as a part-time officer in Watkins Glen. Tagliavento said his brother, John, encouraged him to become a police officer. They have relatives who are cops, and his brother said they should both go to police academy together, which they did. Tagliavento was 30 at the time, and he was working as a delivery driver for DHL.

Today, both of them are police officers. John Tagliavento works part-time for Dryden and full-time for Ithaca College. John is one of eight part-time police officers in the village. The department also has one part-time sergeant and three full-time officers.

“I’m just very grateful to be afforded this opportunity,” said Josh Tagliavento, who is originally from Lansing and a graduate of Lansing High School.

Tagliavento said he hopes to improve the department’s service and continue to recruit highly qualified officers.

“Recruitment is always big – we’re always looking for good candidates,” he said.

He also asked that village residents comply with state rules regarding social distancing and wearing face masks in public.

“It’s very important that people do what’s asked of them,” he said.

He has noticed a slight uptick in domestic arguments recently and asked residents to be patient with the stay-at-home order.

“It’s definitely starting to have its effects on families,” he said.

His main goal is for the village department to attain state accreditation, which lapsed in 2015.

Tagliavento’s appointment is provisional on his passing a state test, which Murphy said he has confidence Tagliavento will pass.

“He’s going to be a good police chief,” Murphy said. “He’s very community-oriented and very good with his own staff, and he works well with the residents.”