East Syracuse, Liverpool formalizing shared-services agreement

— East Syracuse Village Attorney Robert Germain is now writing an inter-municipal agreement to formalize the shared-services arrangement. Before becoming official, the new agreement will need to be approved by both Liverpool and East Syracuse village boards.

Morris had served as Liverpool’s chief from 1999 to 2007 before he becoming chief of the East Syracuse Police Department. On Aug. 31, he was hired here part-time to replace outgoing Chief Bill Becker.

Becker’s annual salary was $68,000, but Liverpool Mayor Gary White hopes to save more than $40,000 of that sum each year with a part-time chief. White is a retired Syracuse Police Department deputy chief who oversaw general services, record keeping and briefly helmed the uniform bureau.

In August, White called the informal agreement “a trial balloon” effective through Dec. 31.

Morris, White and Trustee Jim Rosier, the board’s liaison to the police department, have all agreed that the shared-services arrangement is working smoothly. East Syracuse Mayor Danny Leidka has also been supportive.

“It’s working really well,” White said. “Everybody is extremely satisfied.”

Morris works at the Liverpool Police Department headquartered at 310 Sycamore St. from 3:15 to 7:15 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, and from 7 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays Morris works mornings at East Syracuse, and on Tuesday and Wednesday he’s there in the afternoons.

When Germain finishes drafting the new inter-municipal agreement, it will be reviewed by Liverpool Village Attorney John Langey, White said.

“Then it could come before our board of trustees for approval at our next meeting on Jan. 23,” White said.

The Liverpool department presently has a chief, one sergeant, three full-time police officers, seven part-time police officers, one civilian employee and several part-time crossing guards.

East Syracuse has a chief, two sergeants, four full-time officers, eight part-timers and one civilian dispatcher-aide. While East Syracuse’s population of 3,178 slightly outnumbers Liverpool’s population of 2,505, but the crime rate in East Syracuse is noticeably higher, Morris said.

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