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Ticonderoga hires police chief

The civil service test is given once a year, in March, with results becoming available a month or so later.

Johns took the test and passed this spring. In fact, Johns was the only qualified applicant for the job at this point.

That seemed to make Johns the obvious choice, but as late as last week some town trustees were unwilling to commit to Johns.

That changed when Dedrick announced his intention to demand action on the police chief position at the regular July 9 town board meeting.

After Dedrick's declaration, trustees contacted the supervisor expressing their support for Johns and a special meeting was called.

Dedrick said failure to name Johns chief would have negatively affected the entire department.

"If he (Johns) doesn't get the job it'll be the biggest travesty in this town in a long, long time," Dedrick said before trustees agreed to appoint Johns. "He's done everything we've asked of him.

"If he's not hired, Mike LaVallie, who's doing a great job, will have to be demoted and the entire police department will be in limbo. It'll be another year or more before we can get a chief," Dedrick said, noting the next civil service exam for police chief isn't until March of 2010.

LaVallie was recently promoted to sergeant to fill Johns' post since he was acting as chief. If Johns went back to sergeant, LaVallie would be forced back to patrolman, the supervisor explained.

"I think there will be a real morale problem in the department," Dedrick said.

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