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Lt. Tim Snyder named interim chief of police in Seneca Falls

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Lt. Tim Snyder has been appointed interim Seneca Falls police chief.

The Seneca Falls Town Board made that appointment, which will take effect January 1, 2023.

During a special meeting on September 14 the board voted to promote Snyder to the post, when current Chief Stu Peenstra retires in December to take on the undersheriff role in Cayuga County.

“We are fortunate to have a pool of great internal candidates to choose from and that we are able to appoint a new chief while the current chief is still on board and can facilitate a smooth transition,” Supervisor Mike Ferrara said of the move. “Tim is a lifelong resident of Seneca Falls with more than 20 years experience in law enforcement.”

Snyder has served on the Seneca Falls Town Board, in addition to his long tenure with the Seneca Falls Police Department. In order for him to be considered for the post permanently, he’ll need to pass the Civil Service test in 2023.

Peenstra will also provide consultation services to his successor for the first six months of 2023 as part of an agreement between he and the Town.