Northern New York Newspapers
NNY Business
NNY Living
Sat., Sep. 5
Serving the communities of Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties, New York
In print daily. Online always.
Related Stories

Gouverneur to make next police chief full-time


GOUVERNEUR — The village mayor said he is prepared for the police chief to announce his retirement next week.

Christopher A. Miller said the village set aside money in next year’s budget, approved unanimously Tuesday night, to make the next chief full time.

Mr. Miller said he will meet with Chief David C. Whitton next week to find out his intentions.

“We are not asking him to retire,” he said.

The position will become full time only if Chief Whitton retires, Mr. Miller said.

Chief Whitton said last month he plans to retire soon.

Village Trustee Ronald P. McDougall said the next police chief will have a mixture of patrol and administrative duties.

“Lately we have had an uptick in crimes, break-ins and larcenies,” Mr. McDougall said. “Now we have the resources.”

Mr. McDougall said the department is not big enough for the chief to perform only administrative duties.

He said the village is prepared to promote from within the department for an interim chief and possibly a permanent chief.

Money for another patrolman and vehicle also was approved in the budget. Mr. Miller said the cost of the additional officer is about $40,000.

In March, the village approved a $75,000 settlement with Chief Whitton after he filed an age discrimination lawsuit against the village for reducing his pay and position in 2010. The settlement was not an admission of liability by the village.

Chief Whitton did not return a phone message seeking comment.

Commenting rules:
  1. Stick to the topic of the article/letter/editorial.
  2. When responding to issues raised by other commenters, do not engage in personal attacks or name-calling.
  3. Comments that include profanity/obscenities or are libelous in nature will be removed without warning.
Violators' commenting privileges may be revoked indefinitely. By commenting you agree to our full Terms of Use.
Syracuse Football Tickets Giveaway
Connect with Us
WDT News FeedsWDT on FacebookWDT on TwitterWDT on InstagramWDT for iOS: iPad, iPhone, and iPod touchWDT for Android
Showcase of Homes
Showcase of Homes