Washingtonville police chief fixes brakes

Washingtonville Police Chief Ken Faust, a certified mechanic, changes the rotors and pads on the rear brakes of the 2010 Dodge police cruiser Thursday in the police department garage. It’s one way to save taxpayers and Faust performed the labor at no cost to the village to help it out during financially troubled times. A 2.5-mill operating levy on the Nov. 7 ballot is crucial to the village operations and would keep council from approving a 1 percent income tax if the levy fails. Faust has worked on the village cruisers many times in the past and said officers try to keep mileage down to 25 to 30 miles per shift on the cruisers that see almost daily use by the nine patrolling officers, including Faust, a retired U.S. Army veteran of Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. Faust also purchased the rotors and pads at a reduced rate for the cruiser that has over 169,000 miles on it. He estimated the labor savings at over $200 and noted the 2013 cruiser will also need new brakes soon. (Salem News photo by Larry Shields)