Newark Village Board appoints David Christler as interim police chief
Former Deputy State Police Superintendent to apply for permanent position, but his
attempts may be thwarted by officers already on the force
In a move that came as a shock to many in the community, including members of the police department, the Village Newark Board voted, at a special meeting held on Thursday night, to appoint Newark native David L. Christler as Interim Police Chief for the Newark Police Department.
Christler, who retired from the New York State Police at the end of 2006 with the rank of Colonel-Deputy Superintendent of the New York State Police, began his career as a uniformed trooper in 1974.
According to Blandino, the pay package being offered to Christler
is to be negotiated.
"Pay is not an issue with him (Christler) said the Village Mayor.
has been busy since his
retirement working on the design and construction of the Federal Drug Enforcement building in Plattsburg.
The former State Deputy Superintendent is 59 years old and said he
was eager to return to law enforcement and public safety and ready to serve his
life-long hometown Newark . David
wife Diane have been married for 32 years.
The couple who reside on Pine Ridge Drive in Newark have two grown daughters - Amy who resides in San Diego and Lauren who resides in Newark .
has every intention of taking the open civil service police chief's test in May and applying for the permanent position as Newark
added that after 32 years on the road, Diane is very supportive of his
decision to finally settle down.
There could be a roadblock to Christler's and the board's wishes for him to become chief.
Under Civil Service law, current members of the Newark Police department
may request a police chief â€˜promotional test.' That test too would probably be given in May.
Under civil service law, those taking the promotional test are given preference for the job over those taking the â€˜competitive' test.
If three, or more current Newark
officers take and pass the test, regardless of how Christler scores on his
will not be eligible for list for the Newark Police Chief permanent position.
Wayne County Interim Personnel Director Jennifer Mortier, said she
has met with Mayor Blandino who also traveled to Albany for a correct understanding of the civil service laws as they apply to testing for the police chief position.
Mortier said the Mayor was hopeful that once Christler is in the interim position, the current Newark Police Officers will accept him and possibly back off from taking the â€˜promotional' test.
Mortier said that if only two of the current handful of officers who have expressed interest in setting up and taking the promotional test pass the test, Christler
could be on the final list of three qualifying civil service candidates the Board has to select from.