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A small Orange County town has been left without a permanent Police Chief for the last 6 months forcing town employees to step in and fill the position. YNN's Michael Howard has the story.
DEERPARK, N.Y. -- For Deerpark Town Supervisor Karl Barabenec, a legal hassle is finally, off his hands.
“It’s time for new ideas and new leadership,” said Barabenec.
A retirement package was agreed upon between the Town and ex Police Chief William Werner. But the reason wasn’t that Werner wanted to retire, rather according to Brabenec it was in the best interest of him and the town.
A more than 25 year Veteran of the Police Department Werner was suspended by the town back in July on two charges of insubordination and incompetence in office.
“What’s happening is the Town Board is dropping the charges and he is going out on an early retirement effective December 31,” said Barabenec.
With a town of less than 10,000 residents and a force of 17 part time, and 3 full time officers, Barabenec says he as well as other officers have had to step up.
“Since July we’ve had myself as the Police Commissioner and the three Administrative Sergeants have been running the department.”
As for the future he says they will more than likely search for a new chief at the beginning of next year.
“Nothing against the chief, he had a great tenure in the Police Department, we're just looking at moving the department forward and in a different direction," he said.