A new police chief takes over in the Town of Deerpark. Richard Sztyndor was appointed by the town board this week. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Meredith Zaritheny caught up with the new police chief and has more.
DEERPARK N.Y. -- "It's very exciting I'm looking forward to working with everyone and going forward with the department," said Richard Sztyndor, Deerpark Police Chief.
As Deerpark Police Chief, Richard Sztyndor has been on the job less than a week.
"Right now I'm just trying to get into the office and see where we're at before I really move forward," said Sztyndor.
Previously, a patrol officer and Lieutenant with the department, Sztyndor is also a retired Sergeant with the Village of Greenwood Lake Police Department. Police Commissioner and Town Supervisor Karl Brabenec says Sztyndor brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the department.
"He has an impeccable record honesty and integrity he's a great family man, somebody we can be proud of the community can be proud of has a lot of experience," said Karl Brabenec, Deerpark Town Supervisor.
Sztyndor was appointed Police Chief after the position was left vacant, when the former police chief was suspended last July.
Facing charges of insubordination and incompetence, former Police Chief William Warner opted to take an early retirement package offered by the town board, in exchange for them dropping the charges against him. Now, Brabenec says he's looking to move forward with the new police chief at his side.
"We've had some issues in the past, but the past is behind us and we look forward and this is a new dawn for Deerpark," said Brabenec.
As for the future, Sztyndor says he’s looking forward to working with the officers and the community.
"We're just going to keep doing and try to make it a little better," said Sztyndor.