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Board approves police chief contract~ RH October 6, 2015

Board approves police chief contract
By Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer | October 06, 2015
The city has a police chief contract, now it just needs a police chief.

With the Board of Aldermen voting unanimously Monday to approve the five-year, $110,000-a-year contract for the next police chief, the city is just waiting for the results of a background investigation on chosen candidate Brian Kilcullen, current chief of the Schenectady Police Department.

Police Commission Chairman Lawrence Jensen said after the vote Monday night that he had been given a verbal description of the investigation results, which he described as encouraging, and that the final document was expected imminently.

Jensen’s confidence in the result of the investigation was such that he invited the public to a meet-and-greet with Kilcullen at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Tuttle Theater at College of St. Joseph. Kilcullen’s first day is scheduled for Nov. 2.

The contract was previously reviewed at the committee level, where everyone agreed with a provision requiring the chief to live in the city, but there was argument about whether that provision was worded strictly enough.

The only discussion at the full board meeting Monday was regarding a different concern Alderman Ed Larson had with the wording of that provision, which said the chief’s residency would be “evidenced by his registering to vote in the City.” Larson said registering to vote was a right, but that he was unsure the city could mandate it.

City Attorney Charles Romeo explained that registering to vote was not the requirement, but evidence the chief had fulfilled the requirement, and the Police Commission could accept other evidence as it saw fit. Larson said he accepted that explanation. Alderman Thomas DePoy questioned the need for such evidence,

“Is there a concern he’s going to commute from the capital region of New York?” DePoy asked. “Somebody knocks on his door at 8 o’clock at night and he comes to the door in his pajamas and he’s watching the nightly news, obviously he lives there.”

gordon.dritschilo @rutlandherald.com

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