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David L. Christler

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Police Chief


Employment History

  • Chief
  • Chief of Police
    Newark Village Police Department
  • Deputy Superintendent (Retired)
    New York State Police
  • Police Chief
    Newark Police Department
  • Police Chief
    Newark Village Board
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Newark Police Chief ..., 3 June 2015 [cached]
Newark Police Chief David Christler says, "They have put together a plan for them using cameras and electronic monitoring devices along with people there 24/7 -- we are very comfortable it will be secure."
Newark Police Chief ..., 5 May 2015 [cached]
Newark Police Chief David Christler says she landed on her stomach, but injured her head.
Chief Christler says the case serves as an important reminder to parents to check screens and replace any that are not securely held in place.
Newark Village Board appoints ..., 31 Dec 2008 [cached]
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
David Christler
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.
Christler 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 and his 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 .
Christler said he has every intention of taking the open civil service police chief's test in May and applying for the permanent position as Newark Police Chief. He 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 ‘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 ‘competitive' test. If three, or more current Newark officers take and pass the test, regardless of how Christler scores on his test, he 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 ‘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.
"All of a sudden the person ..., 23 Dec 2014 [cached]
"All of a sudden the person blew up and started to say that he was going to stab himself," said Newark Police Chief David Christler.
Christler says the chase that ended in a crash in Phelps started minutes earlier in Wayne County. Apparently the driver had a spat with a former girlfriend at the Newark Dunkin Donuts. It progressed to a bank a short distance away. That's when police got involved, and we're told things got out of hand.
"He jumped in his car and attempted to leave the scene, almost hitting the investigator and almost hitting the woman's car," said Christler.
Christler says the man had a knife and was threatening to take his own life. He said the man drove south of Route 88. He says at first the man drove normally, but then he started driving faster, exceeding speeds of 80 miles per hour. The chief says the investigator and two officers pursued him and were about a quarter of a mile behind him when he reached Phelps.
"By accounts, he came through the intersection about 60 miles an hour, apparently hit a dip and lost control of his vehicle. There was a vehicle pulling out at the Wendy Hills Nursery and that vehicle was broadsided," said Christler.
The chief describes that driver as a woman in her 40's. He says she died in the crash. A male passenger was also injured. As for the man who initiated the pursuit, the chief described his condition as serious.
We asked the chief about his department's pursuit policy.
"Our policy is to evaluate each pursuit on its own merits. If the person is a danger to the public or committed a felony then we continue it and try to monitor it depending on the conditions. We look at the traffic at the time," said Christler.
Christler says the officer believed the man was armed, dangerous and was going to hurt someone or himself and that's why he pursued him.
Newark Police Chief ..., 22 Dec 2014 [cached]
Newark Police Chief David Christler says, "He knew we were looking for him and hoped, by changing his identity, he would be able to blend in with other people."
Chief David Christler says, "There were restraining orders that were issues and yes he did break them and yes he did go to jail."
He continues, "And sometimes it does fail and you might say the system failed, but we can't put someone in jail forever.
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