Mayor: Cutting joint police chief agreement will save village $150K

By Julianne Peixoto

August 19, 2014 Updated Aug 20, 2014 at 5:16 AM EST

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) After four years of working together, Johnson City and Binghamton are cutting the ties to their police chief shared service agreement -- a move village Mayor Greg Deemie says this could save taxpayers $150,000 a year.

The mayors of both municipalities say this move is necessary in order to increase public safety, which is a goal they both committed to when they stepped into office.

"Right now, we're paying just over $15,000, almost close to $16,000 a month for their services," said Deemie. "So in the end we can promote from within and it'll save us money."

Deemie said that the board will select one of the three lieutenants within the department to promote to police chief.

He said they hope to have a decision reached by mid September

Not everyone thinks ending the agreement was a good idea, however.

"They were working really well together it seems just sort of sad to me that we're giving up on this," said former Johnson City Trustee Monica Silas. "My big vision would have been to have an urban policing squad that was all blended into one."

Unlike Johnson City, Binghamton Mayor Rich David says this will likely cost the city more money.

He won't know exactly how much until the 2015 budget is presented on Sept. 15, but he is optimistic it will not increase tax dollars.

The agreement will expire at the end of the year.

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