PBA scrambles to keep officer

No resignation, no proof

The deadline came and went with no resignation or proof of residency for a Granville Police Department patrolman who remains of administrative leave, but was not immediately let go by the village.

Granville officer Joseph Castle had been informed by the village he must prove residency in the State of New York or face losing his job despite seeking and being granted permission to reside in Vermont when hired by the department nearly five years ago.

The board met Wednesday evening in an executive-session  meeting to discuss the status of the case with village attorney Mike Martin, Mayor Jay Niles said Thursday.

Despite informing Castle of the requirement to provide the documentation, the village had no communication from Castle, Niles said.

As a result of the meeting Castle has been sent a registered letter detailing the village’s position on the residency issue, Niles said. Castle had until March 28 to prove residency or face action by the village – he did not and the village has called for a hearing on the matter.

Niles said the village was informed of the requirement for officers enforcing the laws of New York State to be a citizen of the state by a resident who came to speak with the mayor.

The area resident told Niles the information came from a lawyer.

When the matter was researched by Martin it was found to be correct – Castle must have state residency to work as a police officer in the state – or face losing his job.

In the letter the village reiterates their requirement for proof of residency to retain a job with the Granville Police, failure to produce the information now makes the matter disciplinary, Niles said.

Failing to meet the March 28 deadline resulted in the village calling for a disciplinary hearing where Castle will be represented by council.

“He’s entitled to due process in this matter,” Granville Police Department union president David Williams said.

Castle remains on 30 days paid administrative leave beginning when the matter was first found to be a part of civil service law.

Williams said Castle has the union’s full support going forward in the matter.

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Sentinel in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Skene Manor opens for season Saturday

SkeneManor-20100512006-Featured

By Matthew Saari For many people spring heralds longer days, chirping birds, greener trees and warmer temperatures. For Whitehallers, it […]

Earth Day activities throughout the region

clean up (1)

By Serena Kovalosky Earth Day is Sunday, April 22, and locals are bringing their gloves, rakes and community spirit to […]

Granville raises tuition for Vermont students

20180417_073942

By Krystle S. Morey The Granville Board of Education, after considering the loss of designation and other changes in Vermont […]

Whitehall teen charged for ‘terroristic threat’

threat

By Matthew Saari State Police arrested a 14-year-old Whitehall student last week, charging him with making a “terroristic threat,” a […]

518 Wheels – 04/19/18

518 Wheels 4-20-18.pdf-web.pdf

North Country Freepress – 04/13/18

FreePress_4_13_18.pdf-web.pdf

Lakes Region Freepress – 04/13/18

Lakes_4_13_18.pdf-web.pdf

Northshire Freepress – 04/13/18

Northshire_4_13_18.pdf-web.pdf

518 Wheels – 04/12/18

518 Wheels 4_13_18.pdf-web.pdf

No tax hike: Village to tap into reserves for budget

municipal close

By Matthew Saari In an effort to keep the tax rate flat, the Whitehall Village Board has decided to dip […]

Demolition done, new store to rise

stew

By Krystle S. Morey Demolition of three homes on Quaker Street to make room for a new Stewart’s Shops store […]

RV Dealer eyes Hampton site

HAMPTON RV2

By Matthew Saari   A Vermont-based recreational vehicle dealership is planning on setting up shop in Hampton. Brandon RV of […]