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Police Decide Not to Renew Shared Service Agreement

The City of Binghamton and Village of Johnson City have decided to not renew their agreement to share police administration.
The City of Binghamton and Village of Johnson City have decided to not renew their agreement to share police administration.

For the past four years, the city and village have shared a police chief and two assistant chiefs.

The original idea was for both municipalities to save money. Mayor Rich David said the decision not to renew the agreement is not a reflection on Chief Joe Zikuski or the assistants.

He said he wants the administrators to focus strictly on Binghamton.

Johnson City can save money by only having a chief and no assistants, as it has a smaller force.

"I feel I was elected on a platform of public safety and I want to focus exclusively on addressing the issues taking place in the City of Binghamton. I would like a full-time chief and full-time administration to focus on the growing public safety issues that are taking place in this community," said Mayor David.

Mayor David said city taxpayers will not be impacted by the decision. He said funds will be shifted around to absorb the additional cost, which is pegged to come in under $100,000 by ending the agreement.

Johnson City is expected to save tens of thousands of dollars by only having a chief, who has yet to be chosen.

The shared service agreement ends at the end of this year.
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