At the Jan. 2 Evans Board meeting, two police officers were hired full-time and another was promoted to lieutenant. Pictured from left is Chief Ernest Masullo, Officer Jeffrey DeVinney, Lieutenant William Sills and Officer Kenneth Kloss
The Town of Evans Police Department was again front and center at the Jan. 16 meeting of the Evans Town Board, though this time the discussion was about adding to the department, not detracting from it.
Two new police officers, Kenneth R. Kloss and Jeffery L. DeVinney were officially appointed to the police roster, while William S. Sills, a longtime familiar face around the town and member of the police department since 1984, was promoted to the position of lieutenant.
Many in attendance were looking forward to the official appointments, including former officer and current Councilman Dennis Feldmann.
“I have nothing to report tonight, let’s just hurry up and get these officers hired and appointed,” he said during the Committee and Department Head Reports portion of the meeting.
Evans Police Chief Ernie Masullo was elated with the new hires, adding that both are very valuable assets to the town’s police force.
“It’s great to build our staff back up since we have been down four officers due to some recent retirements and the other officers we have on staff have been putting in a lot of extra work,” said Police Chief Ernie Masullo. “Anytime we get the opportunity to build our staff back up with sufficient manpower is absolutely great.”
“Officer Ken Kloss is a ten-year veteran with Buffalo State College and he is a steal, just an absolute steal. We stole him from Buff State because he is a certified weapons instructor and training instructor with an impeccable record. He is a very active officer and an asset. Officer DeVinney has been with me for three years and has eight years’ experience in other police departments, which is valuable. Officer Kloss is going to go on some on-the-job training in order to learn our system for as long as it takes and Officer DeVinney is starting right away, he’s hitting the bricks ASAP.”
Supervisor Keith Dash also jumped at the chance to talk up the new additions.
“All three of the new appointees are town residents, so they know the town because it’s their town,” he said. “All three also have impeccable resumes, qualifications and past experiences in other departments. I think all three are a great choice for the town. With these three you’ve really got the best of things – their intelligence, qualifications and their deep knowledge and familiarity with the Town – how could you ask for anything more?”
“Sills is a lifelong resident, I grew up with him, he’s older than I am, and I even coveted his banana bike when we were kids,” Dash said jokingly. “He’s another guy who has done everything, has been the D.A.R.E. Officer in school for a generation of students, and has received a ton of accommodations throughout his career, all while making a real difference as far as drug awareness education. Bill coming to the Lieutenantship is really just a plus for the department because with him you’ve got someone who has been a part of everything over the years and someone who will mentor the new hires and younger guys, which is a win-win for the town.”
Masullo added that while the new hires and Sills promotion helps, there is still work to be done to bring the police department back to full strength.
“After this, we’re still down an officer so I’m in the process of going back top the list to re-canvas it. We only hired two tonight because two of our top candidates backed out to accept other positions. But I’m happy with who got promoted and who got hired here tonight.”
In other news:
• Michelle M. Parker and J. Grant Zajas were retains as town prosecutors for the 2013 calendar year in the amount of $10,500 each.
• Bids are being accepted for proposals for the operation of a refreshment concession at the Sturgeon Point Marina. Bids will be opened Feb. 11 at noon.
• Paul Ryerse was appointed as the town’s electrical inspector at a stipend of $2,500.
• Local Law No. 1 for the year 2013 was adopted. The law revises Section 200 Zoning, specifically Section 200-22 Motor Service District ,to add “(f) Convenience Store,” and Section 200-7B to add “Convenience Store – A retail establishment of up to 5,000 square feet selling primarily food products, household items, newspapers and magazines, candy, beverages, and a limited amount of freshly prepared foods such as sandwiches and salads for off-premise consumption.”
• A Special Use Permit for Razor Brakes and Mufflers, 8243 Erie Rd., was approved for a period of five years.
• A public hearing will be held for the renewal of a Special Use Permit for Creature Comforts Pet Resort, 1437 Pontiac Road., on Feb. 27 at 7:10 p.m.
• The regular Evans Town Board meeting schedule for Feb. 20 was moved to Feb. 27.