Baldwinsville Chief of Police Daniel Warner announced he will retire May 30, capping a career spanning more than 35 years with the Baldwinsville Police Department.
The announcement was made at the village board meeting Thursday May 1.
"Dan has been a good friend to me for a number of years and is a respected leader in the community who will be missed," said Lloyd Perkins, chief of the village of Skaneateles Police Department and president of the New York State Association of Chief's of Police. "As a member of the Board of Governors, Dan's leadership is respected on a state-wide basis."
Immediately after accepting Chief Warner's retirement, Baldwinsville Mayor Joseph Saraceni and the village board appointed Lt. Michael Lefancheck as the next chief of police. Lefancheck, a 21-year veteran of the Baldwinsville Police Department will officially become chief on May 31.
"I feel that it is very smart for the village to have a succession policy and to identify and train those leaders demonstrates that this was well thought out," Perkins said. "I have known Mike for many years and have no doubt that Chief Lefancheck will be an excellent leader and will continue to represent the citizens of Baldwinsville to the same level that they are accustomed to."
Chief Warner began his career on March 24, 1973 as a newly hired member of the modern Baldwinsville Police Department. At that time, the department was one of the first in the United States to adopt a community service approach to law enforcement. All of the officers hired during late 1972 and early 1973 were required to possess a college degree, which was quite unique for the time period.
Chief Warner progressed through the ranks and served in a number of different roles. He was promoted to police agent (sergeant) in 1978 and supervised the night shift during the majority of time that he served in that role. In 1985 the members of the department voted him as the officer of the year for his performance during that year. In 1993 he was promoted to police lieutenant and was assigned as the department's accreditation manager. That process was completed in 1996, when the Baldwinsville Police Department successfully received New York State Accreditation. Then Lt. Warner was awarded a departmental commendation for his work in assisting the department in receiving this prestigious accomplishment.