New Potsdam police officer appointed; one trustee votes no
Friday, September 7, 2018 - 9:27 am

By CRAIG FREILICH

POTSDAM -- The village Board of Trustees has appointed a new officer for the Potsdam Police Department, with one trustee dissenting.

Jonathan A. Ward, Colton, is full-time officer as of Sept. 4 at a pay rate of $46,194 per year contingent on completion of a background check and of a probationary period not to exceed 18 months.

The vote by the board at Tuesday night's meeting was 3-1, with Mayor Ron Tischler and trustees Abby Lee and Cindy Goliber voting in favor, and Trustee Steve Warr voting no.

Warr, generally a fiscal conservative, said he voted no because contract negotiations with the police department are coming up, "sometime between now and June, and I want to see where we stand" before any new appointments to the department. He said his vote was not a reflection on the officer or the department.

Police Chief Mark Murray said that following military service, Ward was a full-time police officer in Nebraska and has been serving as a part-time officer in Norwood since moving here.