Van Cura Bids Farewell to South Nyack, Will Become Undersheriff

Rockland law enforcement sees a shake up following a retirement and promotion.

The front lawn of South Nyack Village Hall housed a bittersweet valediction Friday afternoon, as police chief Robert Van Cura was saluted by his officers one final time.

But the chief—who has spent three decades with the South Nyack-Grand View police force—won't be going far. Van Cura will step into the role of Undersheriff with the Rockland County Sheriff's Department.

Van Cura's legacy with the South Nyack-Grand View Police Department stretches back to his time as a first line supervisor, and a patrolman before that.

Van Cura was named chief in 2004, and has since combated neighborhood crime, honored teens with law enforcement scholarships, worked to crack cold murder cases dating back to the '70s—and helped secure the odd rogue black bear.

A previous president of the Police Chiefs' Association of Rockland County, Van Cura worked alongside several other chiefs—and the district attorney—to bolster public safety. He has also worked on counter-terrorism campaigns in the region, and completed coursework with the FBI.

The Undersheriff position—which Van Cura will assume on Monday, Jan. 14—was previously held by Thomas Guthrie, who served for three decades before retiring this year.

Guthrie joined the sheriff's office in 1982 from the NYPD, and served alongside three acting sheriffs—Thomas Goldrick, James Kralik and, currently, Louis Falco III.

"Sheriff Falco expressed his deep appreciation for the extraordinary work performed by Undersheriff Guthrie during the past three decades," Rockland law enforcement officials said in a press release Friday.

Van Cura's post at the South Nyack-Grand View department—nestled in the second floor of an old Victorian home on South Broadway—will be filled by acting chief Brent Newbury, who has served as a lawman in Rockland since 1990.

John Whitley January 12, 2013 at 01:32 AM
Sad to see Chief Van Cura leave us. Thank you for your service to our Village. Be safe Sir.
Joseph J Gannon January 12, 2013 at 03:39 PM
A great choice by Sheriff Falco...a seasoned law enforcement professional who brings a great amount of competency to the position.
VinnyfromCongers January 12, 2013 at 10:47 PM
I agree with the choice. Why did we bother with the phony craigslist employment search?
Kevin Shannon January 13, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Good Luck Bob and Brent!! True GOOD GUYS!!!!
Watchdog January 13, 2013 at 02:32 PM
All good peopke but the cost of police protection in our County and Towns is unaffordable for greying Rockland. New ideas are needed as any meager increases in SS Cola for seniors on incomes less than $36,000 are sopped up by people who receive six figure pensions. Does this mean this Chief gets another pension? .


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »