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Greece police chief to be named Monday

Greece, N.Y. A new police chief is slated to be announced Monday morning, according to a news release from Town Supervisor Bill Reilich (R).

Reilich said that internal Greece Police Department candidates applied and were considered, as were candidates outside the police force.

According to a town board member, the soon-to-be-announced chief is a resident of Monroe County.

The current police chief, Todd Baxter, recently announced his plans to leave the force after four years to take a job as executive director of the Veterans Outreach Center.

Baxter took the role of chief in 2010 when the department was in the middle of several controversies.

Baxters predecessor, Merritt Rahn, was charged with corruption, convicted and sent to jail.

Before he was sworn in, Baxter told 13WHAM he hoped to add a sense of character to the Greece Police Department.

He made sweeping changes in areas like internal affairs and evidence collection. He also built the department back up, hiring several officers.

Prior to his tenure as Greece police chief, Baxter spent 22 years with the Rochester Police Department.

Many in Greece hope Baxters successor follows in his footsteps.

Hes outgoing and people oriented, said Greece resident Walt Unger. He brought quite a bit of credibility back to the Greece Police.

The announcement will be made at the Greece Town Hall Atrium Monday at 10 a.m.

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Washington Times