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Darin M Perrotte

Strategic. Dedicated. Genuine.

Current Employer & Job Title: Village of Saranac Lake Chief of Police

Age: 40 | Hometown: Peru, NY | Education: New York State Division of Criminal Justice Certified Law Enforcement Officer with numerous police and executive trainings

Darin Perrotte was community driven from a young age. He was a volunteer first responder early on, which set him on his career path. Darin has a wonderful understanding of “It takes a village” as they say, knowing that a good team can be your most important resource, that there is always something new for everyone to learn and that’s how any organization moves forward.

How does company culture impact you and what do you do to contribute to it?

Culture in any company is impactful to its members as well as leadership. As an executive in policing, I strive to break old perceptions by implementing innovative strategies that prioritize community engagement, transparency and accountability. Embracing diversity and inclusion, along with promoting empathy and understanding, are foundational to my approach. I actively contribute to our company culture by fostering an environment of continuous learning and adaptation, ensuring we remain responsive to the needs of our community.

What important lesson have you learned in your career?

One important lesson I learned as a manager and leader is about getting the job done through people. Often times we focus on what tools, resources and other logistics we need to complete a task. The most important resource is your people. We get the job done through our people.

What is the biggest risk you have ever taken?

Leaving the Plattsburgh Police Department to take on the role of Chief of Police in Saranac Lake was undoubtedly the biggest risk I’ve taken. However, I knew it was the right decision because of my confidence in my skills and an unwavering commitment to making a meaningful difference in the community.

How can the North Country improve its Gen IQ? (Gen IQ defined as an ability to lead, market to or innovate with multi-generational workplaces and marketplaces)

The best thing we can do is to have everyone work together. Sometimes we overlook the strengths that everyone brings to the table. Agencies and businesses aren’t solely successful because of the 10- and 20-year employees. They are successful because of everyone together as a team. A team cannot function without all members. Innovation and progress come in large part as a result of cooperation and collaboration between all.

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