New chief soon?

The villages of Whitehall and Granville met again in August to discuss the possibilities of having one police chief over the two law enforcement departments…

 

The villages of Whitehall and Granville met again in August to discuss the possibilities of having one police chief over the two law enforcement departments.

Whitehall Mayor Patricia Norton said that the two sides met together to talk about the issues on Aug. 27.

“We talked about the position,” said Norton. “We are still working out a number of issues with insurance and some other legal issues that would have to be settled between the two village attorneys.”

Norton said that she plans to meet again with Granville Mayor Jay Niles and village police Chief Ernie Bassett on Sept. 24 to further the conversation.

Norton said that she plans to bring the members of the village board of trustees up to speed on the talks, but did not know if the matter would come up further in the Sept. 8 village meeting.

“This will probably come up on the eighth,” said Norton. “I’m not sure what will happen. I’m planning on talking to the other board members about the meeting that I had with Granville.”

In late July, village police commissioner Richard Colomb called for and then cancelled a special meeting to discuss the position of police chief. Some speculated that the meeting was called in order to hire current Whitehall police officer Matt Dickinson as the new police chief, replacing Provisional Chief Richard LaChapelle. Dickinson has been with the department for a number of years serving as a part-time employee.

Dickinson was the only person who passed the Police Chief’s examination conducted by the Washington County Personnel Department in March who showed interest in the position. The village board interviewed him in early July.

With a full board scheduled to attend the Sept. 8 meeting, there would be enough votes to hire Dickinson as the new police chief. Sources close to the situation believe that Colomb and Walter Sandford will vote for the hiring of Dickinson, along with Don Hart, who was unable to attend the regularly scheduled August meeting.

Sandford also currently serves as the police chief in the village of Fort Edward.

The village of Whitehall will next meet on Monday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. in the village office building.

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