Johnson City will look for new police chief

By Kelly McCarthy

August 14, 2014 Updated Aug 14, 2014 at 7:52 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) The mayor of Johnson City is looking for a new police chief.

Binghamton and Johnson City will end the shared service agreement for public safety that's been in place since 2010.

Both Binghamton Mayor Rich David and Johnson City Mayor Greg Deemie said their platforms on increasing public safety helped them to win elections, which means they will not renew the shared service agreement that's been in place for the last four years.

Currently, Police Chief Zikuski, Assistant Chief Yeager and Assistant Chief Eggleston oversee public safety carried out by both the city and the village departments.

That contract will expire at the end of the year.

Both mayors said they want a full-time police chief to handle crime in each municipality.

"I want the City of Binghamton resources focused on the City of Binghamton," David said, "on a full time basis to address the ongoing public safety issues we have in this community."

"We just felt need is more important to have our own chief," Deemie said. "So they can oversee their department, their own men and maybe put a little different focus on things going on in the village versus in the city."

Deemie expects this move to save money since he is only looking to fill the police chief position, instead of the two assistant police chiefs Binghamton has been providing.

David on the other hand does expect this move to increase Binghamton's costs, but said it doesn't necessarily mean an increase in taxes.

Johnson City has until the end of the year to name a new police chief.

"I'm not going to name names at this time," Deemie said, "But we have some men internally. That's what we plan to do, promote from within."