GREENE – Residents from the village of Greene filed into the tightly packed village office Monday night with hopes set on shedding more light into the suspension and subsequent resignation of former Greene Police Chief Steven Dutcher.
Following usual business matters at the first public monthly meeting since Dutcher's departure, residents were polled to address the village trustees regarding any issues that they have, and the matter of Dutcher's dismissal from the Village payroll quickly came to the fore.
“It looks political; is there any way you can tell us about the investigation... like how long it will last?' asked Village resident, Meryt Allmendinger.
In response, Village attorney Robert Larkin said, “Mr. Dutcher was a public service employee, as such he is entitled to complete privacy about his employment – this board cannot legally say a thing about his employment,” Larkin explained. “Secondly, (before) Mr. Dutcher resigned, a criminal investigation was initiated and that investigation is ongoing – where it's going to go, we (the board) do not know because we haven't been informed.”