Baldwinsville At the Nov. 3 Village of Baldwinsville board meeting, Chrissy A. Allen was promoted to the position of Police Agent (Sergeant) with the Baldwinsville Police Department. Agent Allen replaces Police Agent John C. Merritt who retired on Oct. 30, 2011, following a distinguished 34-year career with the department.
Prior to being sworn in by Mayor Joseph Saraceni, Chief Michael W. Lefancheck said Agent Allen had been with the department for the past six years and prior to that had served with the New York State Park Police. Chief Lefancheck also said that since being employed by the department, Allen has twice been voted by her peers as the Officer of the Year and has also been the recipient of 15 Departmental Letters of Recognition.
Agent Allen will be assigned as the night-shift supervisor, primarily working the 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. shift. Agent Allen holds a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Cortland and resides in Auburn with her husband. She also becomes the first female promoted to the Police Agent position in the department’s history.
Daniel G. Balloni was sworn in by Mayor Saraceni as a police officer with the department during the board meeting.
According to Chief Lefancheck, Officer Balloni grew up in the village and was a graduate of Bishop Ludden High School and also holds a bachelors degree from SUNY Albany. Chief Lefancheck said that Officer Balloni has already been to the police academy and has been working full-time for the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety and part-time for the Skaneateles Police Department. The Chief also mentioned that Officer Balloni is the son of MaryRose and former Baldwinsville Chief of Police John Balloni.
Officer Balloni will immediately begin the field training program, which is expected to last approximately 20 weeks.