Former L’pool Police Chief Don Morris returns here part time

— Becker, Liverpool’s outgoing chief understands the situation, White said.

“Bill has been very professional during this transition,” the mayor said. “He knows the losses we sustained” when the county rescinded its longstanding sales-tax revenue-sharing agreement with towns and villages two years ago. “Bill has excelled as chief here,” White added, “and we’ll help him to adjust in any way we can.”

With careers dating back to the early-1980s, both Becker and Morris already qualify for state pensions. Becker, who lives in Manlius, suspended his $2,681-a-month pension check in order to keep working, according to the state comptroller’s office. Morris, on the other hand, secured a waiver from the state retirement system in order to continue earning a chief’s salary while simultaneously collecting a $30,000 annual state pension. His job in East Syracuse pays about $77,000. Some two dozen police chiefs across New York state are working under such waivers.

Becker was paid $68,000 in his first year as Liverpool’s chief.

Both Liverpool and East Syracuse officials have approved Morris’s new schedule, White said, while implementing procedures to assure each municipality will be well-served.

“We want to avoid any appearance of impropriety,” the Liverpool mayor said. “We’re keeping everything all above-board and transparent. Don has agreed to punch time clocks in both departments, and his work schedule arranged on his contract.” In short, White said, “We addressed the accountability factor.”

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