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2018-01-11 / Front Page

Depew police welcome new hires, anticipate retirees

by AMY ROBB Editor


Depew Police Chief Stan Carwile, middle, stands with Lindsey Maulucci, left, Christopher Keib and Jennifer Purpura after resolutions passed to appoint them as police officers and dispatcher, respectively. Also appointed as dispatcher was Joseph Trzepacz, not pictured. 
Photo by Amy Robb Depew Police Chief Stan Carwile, middle, stands with Lindsey Maulucci, left, Christopher Keib and Jennifer Purpura after resolutions passed to appoint them as police officers and dispatcher, respectively. Also appointed as dispatcher was Joseph Trzepacz, not pictured. Photo by Amy Robb Two new officers, Christopher Keib and Lindsey Maulucci, were appointed to the Depew Police Department at Monday night’s board meeting, pending physical and psychological exams.

Both positions will have a starting salary of more than $42,800. Keib’s position is effective Jan. 20, and Maulucci’s is Jan. 21.

“One [hire] is a replacement, the second is … we anticipate a retirement in a short period of time, so it’s kind of being proactive, taking a bit of a gamble, but we thought it was important to do that,” said Mayor Jesse Nikonowicz.

“They were both being courted by other agencies, and we thought it was very important to get these people, moving ahead of the curve instead of waiting until we’ve lost somebody,” added Police Chief Stan Carwile.

Maulucci would become the second female officer on the Depew force, a move she hopes will be supported in years to come.

“I hope to bring a unique perspective, being a female officer,” said Maulucci.

“I have a lot of family in law enforcement, so I’ve admired them and their dedication. I’ve tried the corporate world, and I decided it wasn’t for me.”

Also, Jennifer Purpura and Joseph Trzepacz were made public safety dispatchers at Monday night’s meeting, at a rate of $15.55 per hour. Dispatcher appointments were made effective Jan. 9.

The Depew Board also approved a resolution to enter into a written agreement with Mark Kolkiewicz, a land developer, to refer property off Broadway, near Firemen’s Park, to the Western New York Land Bank. The property, which had never been developed, was referred to as “B Street."

Under the agreement, Kolkiewicz would reimburse the village for all costs associated with the land bank acquisition.

In a second resolution related to B Street, Depew Village requested that the Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Corporation, BENLIC, acquire the property.

“Because the taxes are owed on it, they’re going to sell it at an auction at the county. When they don’t pay the county taxes and they’re not paying the village taxes, the county is going to take it. Then the county sells it at auction. In order for the land bank to get first bid on it, the village has to give permission, so that’s the permission we’re giving the land bank in the one resolution: we’re giving them permission to buy it,” said Maureen Jerackas, village administrator.

“They’re going to deal with the guy to sell the property to him, and he’s in agreement to pay us back the expenses if we incur any.”

Kolkiewicz already owns surrounding property and may build apartments, according to Jerackas and Anthony Fischione, code enforcement officer.

The next Depew Village Board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at 85 Manitou St. in Depew. There is always a work session one hour prior to each board meeting.

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