L'pool police chief heads to East Syracuse

After serving more than eight years as Liverpool police chief, Donald Morris resigned last week in order to become chief of the East Syracuse Police Department. He's taking the reins Oct. 15.

"This gives me the opportunity to meet some different challenges," Morris said during the Liverpool Village Board meeting Aug. 20. "I feel I'm leaving the village in better shape than when I got there."

Morris, who lives in Baldwinsville with his wife and three children, will replace East Syracuse's acting chief of police, Peter Vasiloff, who filled in after Chief Doug Robertson retired in July.

'Heavy heart'

"Everyone in the village has been great," Morris said. "So I'm leaving with a heavy heart."

Liverpool's deputy mayor Gary White, a former police officer himself, said he'd yet to officially receive Morris' resignation as of the Aug. 20 village board meeting.

"We don't want to lose him," White said. "He's been a tremendous asset to this community."

The LPD has six full-time employees, including the chief, a sergeant and three full-time officers, as well as seven part-time officers and four part-time crossing guards,

The ESPD employs 17 people -- many full-time, including the chief, two investigators and two sergeants. It is staffed by ten police officers, some part-time.

In Liverpool, Morris administers an annual departmental budget of $484,398, while the East Syracuse budget is nearly twice that amount.

Detective's son

The son of a New York City police detective, Morris began his career in January 1984 and before long he was working undercover narcotics cases in lower Manhattan and Harlem.

He and his family moved upstate in November 1990 when he joined the Solvay Police Department, where he rose to the rank of captain.

On March 15, 1999, Morris was appointed chief of police in Liverpool after the resignation of former chief Richard Owens.

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