Wednesday evening the town board adopted a resolution to extend the time for submitting applications for the Police Chief position to replace Ray Philo who retired on March 13, 2010.
During the May 26th Town Board meeting, Councilwoman Krupa explained that while the town received 13 applications, only 6 applicants were qualified by Oneida County; two of the 6 withdrew their application leaving only 4 applicants interviewed thus far. According to Ms. Krupa they have received some additional inquiries and felt that they wanted to give more people time to submit an application. The application deadline is now June 2.
Here is an the discussion that took place during the May 26, 2010 town board meeting regarding the extension for submitting applications.
According to a May 27, 2010 Observer Dispatch article, New Hartford Delays Choice on Police Chief, the board is going to postpone their final decision as to who to hire as provisional chief until the next board meeting on June 16.
However, in an April 27, 2010 OD article, New Hartford moves forward with police chief search, the temporary appointment of Timothy O'Neill could only be for 90 days according to law.
Chief Philo retired on March 13th...90 days would be June 11th. Wouldn't there need to be a "Special Board" meeting called by June 11th to name the provisional chief in order to keep within the timeframe? The 90 day law was the concern a few board meetings ago when they first determined when the applicants would be interviewed and when the provisional chief would be named.
Questions have already surfaced in the comment section of the May 27, 2010 OD article. Some people believe that a backroom deal is about to unfold. If the concerns prove to be true, that would be extremely disappointing to many people that are hopeful that the past is behind us and a new "open" form of government has emerged in the Town of New Hartford.
The timing does make one wonder. The original closing date for submitting an application was April 9th and it has taken until now to get Oneida County approval and get through the interview process. Now all of a sudden, the deadline is extended for one week; the board will only need an additional 2 weeks after the June 2nd deadline to choose who will become the provisional chief; and the law limiting a temporary appointment to 90 days doesn't appear to be a problem. Time will tell...
An announcement with the new deadline for applying has been posted.