A motion to demote the town police chief and lieutenant didn’t happen at Tuesday’s Town Board meeting.
Supervisor Greg Lazzaro said Nov. 21 that he would introduce a measure to reduce the rank of Police Chief Stu Peenstra and Lt. Tim Snyder to sergeants. However, with many in the crowd expecting a fight over the issue, Lazzaro never made the motion and gave no explanation as to why.
During public comment, town resident Frank Sinicropi, former Seneca County personnel director, said Civil Service Law states that the only time a police officer can be demoted is if he or she is charged with misconduct or another offense, with specific details needed. He noted when that happens officers have an appeals process in place, as stipulated by law.
Sinicropi added that having the police chief sit in on negotiations is not a conflict, especially if he or she is not directly involved in them.
“(The chief) has to know the details of these contracts with the rank and file because he has to administer the contact,” Sinicropi explained. “It is not a conflict.