Geddes: Police department merger 'real possibility'

When Geddes Police Chief Michael Walsh stepped down from his position early last month, Geddes Town Supervisor Robert Czaplicki saw a window of opportunity to discuss a possible merger of the Village of Solvay Police Department and the Geddes Police Department.

"There has been reluctance in the past," Czaplicki said. "Once [Chief Walsh] resigned, I called the village and asked if they wanted a merger. I thought it was a good time to discuss a merger."

Solvay Mayor Anthony Modafferi was open to the discussion.

"We have been working together on a couple of things," Modafferi said. "We grew up together, so we know each other pretty well. After the chief left, we sat down and had a couple of meetings. We already have some departments that work together."

The village and the town have asked the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) to evaluate both agencies. The DCJS will give a report to both the Geddes town board and the Solvay village board in April with their findings. The report will discuss merger options and present a plan concerning the best way to merge the departments. Both boards will then vote on the measure.

Modafferi says that if the merger takes place, both departments will not be looking to remove officers or resources from the new department.

"We're not looking at letting people go," he said. "There may be cost savings down the road, but right now we're waiting for the report."

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