Maj. Edward J. Kennedy, a Buffalo native with 28 years as a state trooper, has been appointed commander of Troop A, headquartered in Batavia.
Kennedy replaces Maj. Steven Nigrelli, who has been promoted to staff inspector of professional standards for the western region, covering 18 counties at this end of the state.
Kennedy said his priority is to "provide the utmost professional police service offered by the New York State Police to the citizens of Western New York."
He also said he is committed to working alongside other area police agencies to accomplish any tasks law enforcement encounter.
"These goals will be achieved by thorough criminal investigations, traffic safety and public awareness," said Kennedy, who began his career as a state trooper in 1989 after graduating from SUNY Buffalo State.
For most of his time in the State Police, he has worked in Western New York while advancing through the ranks.
Married and the father of three children, Kennedy has served as an investigator, senior investigator and as a criminal bureau of investigation lieutenant. His more recent assignments were as captain of Troop A's Zone 3 in Jamestown and, until earlier this month, Troop T captain for the Thruway from Rochester to the Erie, Pa., line.
As Troop A's commander, he oversees more than 430 troopers and civilian employees.
Nigrelli, also a native of the Buffalo area, expressed gratitude for the chance to serve as Troop A's commander.
"Serving the citizens of Western New York and having had the opportunity to work with the members of Troop A and Western New York law enforcement agencies has been my dream job, but I now look forward to my new position and my role in professional standards," he said, adding:
"Wherever my career takes me, I will always be a member of Troop A at heart."