LaCROFT - Liverpool Township Trustees Monday night appointed Lieutenant Justin Wright as acting police chief, effective one minute after current Chief Charlie Burgess retires Nov. 30.
Trustees met briefly in executive session during their meeting, calling both Burgess and Wright into the closed-door meeting, after which they re-convened in regular session and appointed Wright.
Chairman Karl Kontnier noted the appointment of the lieutenant as acting chief until a permanent replacement is named is "according to agreement and policy."
Liverpool Township police Chief Charlie Burgess (right) accepted a token of appreciation from Patrolman Kevin Hughes in recognition of the chief's impending retirement. (Photo by Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert)
Kontnier said after the meeting it could be some time before a chief is named since trustees will have to conduct interviews of interested candidates. He said it has not yet been discussed whether candidates from outside the department will be considered.
Burgess, who has served the department since 1985, has been chief since 2000, replacing Marion Perkins when he retired. Wright has been with the department since September 2010, serving part time until being appointed full time in August of last year. He was named lieutenant in April of this year.
Wright completed his police training at Jefferson Community College and worked as a full-time officer in Wellsville for eight years prior to taking the full-time job with Liverpool Township.
Burgess was presented a gift by Patrolman Kevin Hughes and was thanked by trustees for his years of service and dedication. He will work until 11:59 p.m. Nov. 30, with Wright taking over at midnight on Dec. 1.
In other matters Monday, trustees:
** Approved a permit application from Columbia Gas for an open cut from Croft Street to Boring Lane
** Accepted a check from the Liverpool Township Patrolmen's Association to pay for new flashlights for the police department and also a $500 donation from the Mangano Foundation
** Forwarded a resolution to county commissioners for load reductions up to 50 percent during the winter months
** Noted that the appointments of Gary Bonnell to the zoning commission and Patty Hull to the board of zoning appeals are both up for renewal Dec. 31.