DATE/TIME: Thursday, January 19th, 2006 / 04:30 PM

Chief Michael Geraci regretfully announces the death of retired Chief of Police Joseph A. Peters, Jr. who passed away early this morning at the age of 89.

Chief Peters the 2nd of 4 generations of Schenectady police officers was the father of retired Captain Joseph Peters, III and the grandfather of current Schenectady Police Sergeant Joseph Peters, IV and Patrolman Eric Peters. Chief Peters was the son of the late Joseph Peters, who also served as Chief of the Department. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Bernice, their 5 children, 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Chief Peters joined the Department in 1939 and rose through the ranks to become Chief in 1977. He retired in 1981 after 42 years of service. During his career, Chief Peters was internationally recognized for his weightlifting feats setting national and world records and appeared on the cover of several national and international physical fitness magazines. In 1939, he tied for 1st place in the Mr. America Contest.

Chief Peters was committed to his community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Y.M.C.A. and the Schenectady County Human Rights Commission.

Calling hours for Chief Peters will be held on Friday from 5-8 p.m. at The Daly Funeral Home on McClellan Street in Schenectady. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Saint John the Evangelist Church on Union Street in Schenectady.