Investigation into former chief continues

By Erika Mahoney

May 12, 2014 Updated Jul 11, 2014 at 11:08 AM EDT

Greene, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Plenty of questions remain as the criminal investigation into the former Greene police chief continues.

Local residents packed the first public meeting since the village board accepted the resignation of Steve Dutcher.

The board will not begin the search for a new chief until the ongoing criminal investigation runs its course, and residents looking for answers will remain in the dark until at least then.

"It's just very hard for us to know what we know of Steve and to not have a lot of questions as to what's on going on... It looks political," Meryt Allmendinger said.

"I hope that when this is all over, there can be some lessons taken forward so that our little town, our little village, doesn't look like a bunch of screw ups in the local media," Bill Fowler said.

Since the matter is under investigation, the board declined to comment.

While residents said they understood, they are still anxious for information about one of the village's top public officials.

Dutcher was arrested late last month on petit larceny charges.

He resigned after a suspension over alleged misconduct. Upon his arrest, Dutcher rescinded his resignation, but the board denied that letter and instead accepted his original resignation.

Dutcher has secured an attorney and vowed to fight his resignation and the criminal charges.

A sergeant with the department is acting as interim officer in charge.