Ex-Greene chief pleads in Broome court

GREENE – Erstwhile Village of Greene Police Chief Stephen Dutcher pleaded guilty on Monday to two counts of official misconduct and one count of second-degree criminal contempt.

Dutcher, 43, of Greene, was arrested earlier in 2014 after state police responded to a request from Greene village officials to look into a complaint of missing village property.

Dutcher was head of the Village of Greene Police Department for nearly 10 years after serving two years as night patrolman with the village.

Official misconduct charges originated from Dutcher’s purchase of tires and a vacuum cleaner for his personal use using village funds, according to the Broome County District Attorney’s Office, which served as special prosecutor in the case.

Using village funds, Dutcher purchased four Goodyear Ultra Grip tires valued at more than $500, and used them on his personal vehicle. Moreover, the former chief took a village-owned vacuum cleaner, and kept it for his personal use.

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