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Point Beach Police Chief Recommends Officers for Promotions

Chief says council considering at least one or two promotions

Point Beach Police Chief Kevin O'Hara has told the mayor and Borough Council who he thinks should be promoted.

He won't say who he nominated, just that the process is moving along.

On Monday, O'Hara said he has submitted his recommendations for who gets promoted to lieutenant, and possibly another position, within the 21-member department.

When asked who he is recommending, O'Hara wrote in an email, "That is a personnel matter I cannot discuss with you."

At tonight's Point Beach Council meeting, the agenda for the 6:30 p.m. closed session includes, "Police Contract, Police Personnel."

When asked if he expects the council to, at some point, vote for one or two promotions, O'Hara wrote in an email, "That is the council's discretion. The lieutenant position as well as others positions are being considered by the council."

When asked if he expects promotions to cut back on overtime pay and by how much, O'Hara said, "Yes...At this point I cannot quantify that since I do not know how many promotions there will be or when they will take effect. It’s now March. A quarter of the year is almost over."

The issue of police staffing and police promotions have been hot ones for years in Point Beach,

After much discussion among members of the governing body and the public, it appeared the council may be more amenable to the idea of promoting one or two officers so there will be more high-ranking officers qualified to do numerous tasks now done primarily by Dikun.

Carmen March 06, 2012 at 08:44 PM
What a joke ! The police department is laughing all the way to the bank on these fools. Maybe Bret Gordon will propose Dikun be the next Secretary of Defense for the US. Oh wait, not going to happen because that would entail a paycut. Paycut is not in the Gordon/Barrella vocabulary.
Cathy Kelly March 06, 2012 at 08:53 PM
And so it begins
Oscar Wilde March 06, 2012 at 09:21 PM
well of course he does !
A Resident March 07, 2012 at 01:56 PM
So by promoting 2...are they taking 2 more guys off the road and thereby reducing the amount of patrol officers? Are they now going to want to hire 2 guys to fill in the road patrols? or are we to believe that with all the admin work (that caused the overtime) will be able to be done by these guys while still doing road patrols? Something not adding up here....
just do it March 07, 2012 at 02:30 PM
A resident - I agree. The only thing that adds up is these upper tier police department guys pensions. Four administrators to command 17 patrolmen and at least two of those patrolmen will be seargants.
Cathy Kelly March 07, 2012 at 02:41 PM
So what do you suggest, that we don't promote and just let the overtime add up? The job still has to get done and if by law it can only be done by a certain level of rank than what do you want them to do?
A Resident March 07, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Chief, Captain, Lt. 4 shifts....4 Sergeants. C Kelly...how about instead of the Lt pushing a baby carriage trapping people...he does that admin work? how about a little less time at the academy and more time doing that admin work? Are you suggesting he/they can't make any changes to what they are doing to reduce that overtime he puts in? The only option is promotions and most likely new hires?
Cathy Kelly March 07, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Resident,I am not suggesting anything,I was asking what could be done? I read the extremely detail response from Lt.Dikun and I feel that we have a Great Police Dept and these promotions are justified. I don't see any other way. I believe it is easy to say we should do this or that when in reality it can't legally be done. I am just saying that if we don't promote than the overtime will build just as it did last. year.
Uncle Ed March 07, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Promote two Sgt's to Lt. They don't have to sit their entire shifts at a desk doing paper work. Lt's can still do patrol work and paper work. Even chiefs use to go out and patrol at times. I know Depolo did,and old timers like Bertolatus did too. Come on, we are not NYC. This is small town USA most of the year. Hire more specials during the summer and get astrong crack down attitude on late night offenders of ordinaces such as noise, public urination, and any other violations that trouble or upset our residents.
Virginia March 14, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I was hoping what I heard throughout town this last week was not true but I was wrong; looks like we will be having yet another absentee Lt.
Cathy Kelly March 14, 2012 at 02:59 PM
What does that mean?
Virginia March 14, 2012 at 03:08 PM
It means the current Lt. was teaching at the academy often now the newest Lt. is also the K-9 officer who spends much time training the dog.

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