New Potsdam police officer appointed; one trustee votes no
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.