Earlville mayor: Outdated sheriff's deputy contract jeopardizing public safety

EARLVILLE – The Earlville village mayor is calling for action on deadlocked contract negotiations between Chenango County law enforcement and county executives that he says are putting the safety of his village at risk.

Mayor William Excell is pleading for county officials to reach an agreement with Chenango County law enforcement that he hopes will coax officers to stay on staff. Being the only village in the county without its own police department, Earlville is hurting from a shortage of sheriff’s deputies.

Excell says the best way to fix the problem is ratification of a new contract for deputies that makes pay more competitive with surrounding counties.

The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office law enforcement division has been nine years without a renewed contract.

“We rely on Madison and Chenango County sheriffs,” said Excell, noting that his village is split between the Chenango-Madison boarder. “I think they’ve been going long enough without a contract. It’s affecting Earlville, and the county board can’t sit back and do nothing more about it. Let’s be a little more competitive with what other counties are paying. Let’s pass a contract to get them a little more money.”

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