Chittenango Madison County Sheriff’s investigators have arrested a long-serving Madison County Police Chief. Jeffrey Paul, 53, of Canastota, Chief of the Chittenango Police Department, was arrested this morning and charged with two counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, a Class E Felony.
The charges stem from Paul submitting official time sheets in his capacity of a part-time Deputy Sheriff for the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, as well as in his capacity of Chief of Police for the Village of Chittenango, that included multiple overlapping periods of time that Paul conducted work for both agencies, and his personal business.
A 13-month investigation, including the recent simultaneous execution of three search warrants at the Village of Chittenango Police Department and Village Offices, as well as Paul’s business, the Paul Funeral Home, located in the Town of Madison and the Town of Brookfield, led to the charges and his arrest.
Paul has been relieved of his duties with both the Village of Chittenango and the Sheriff’s Office.
Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley commented that “it’s an uncomfortable situation when, as a member of law enforcement, you have to investigate one of your own. As law enforcement professionals we take an oath, swearing to support and enforce the law.”
Both Paul and Village Officials were cooperative in the investigation, noted Riley.
Paul was arraigned earlier today in the Town of Lenox Court before the Honorable Grace Rapasadi on one felony charge and was released on his own recognizance. He will answer his charge in the Town of Lenox at a later date. Paul was issued an appearance ticket for the second felony charge and is due in the Village of Chittenango Court at a later date.