Future of Shared Police Agreements Still Up in the Air

By Erika Mahoney

September 25, 2012 Updated Sep 26, 2012 at 9:46 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The future of the shared police chief and assistant chief agreements between Johnson City and Binghamton are still up in the air.

While Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan said Monday he hopes both Intermunicipal Agreements are upheld, the Johnson City Village Board is taking a close look at what it wants to do.

On Tuesday night, the village board held a work session to openly discuss their options and opinions.

Johnson City Mayor Greg Deemie said public safety is their number one concern right now, and that the board is going to really look at all of the data.

The three options on the table are to uphold both IMAs, keep the chief agreement and re-work the assistant chief agreement, or get rid of both.

While some trustees said they are happy with how things are now, others said they want change.

"I think for the last two years the agreement has been very beneficial to the village," said Trustee Richard Balles. "There are a number of good things that have happened here in the village in terms of accountability within the administration of the police department, reducing over time, which is around $30,000 that they've reduced."

"The Binghamton administration did a very good job while they were here, I don't want to take anything away from them," said Trustee Bruce King. "But I think it is time we brought it back in house and I believe we could save a little money and continue to move forward with improvements in the police department."

Under the agreements, if one of the parties wants out, they must give notice 90 days before the contract ends.

Johnson City has until Oct. 3 to make a final decision. Their next board meeting is schedule for Oct. 2.