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New police chief for village of Frankfort?

By By STEVE MCMURRAY

FRANKFORT, N.Y. (WKTV) - The village of Frankfort may soon be getting a new police chief, while the current chief remains accused of assaulting one of his officers and a Herkimer County coroner in separate incidents.

Herkimer County Personnel Director Steve Billings tells NEWSChannel 2 that village officials notified his office of "an anticipated opening" for the police chief position, currently held by Steve Conley.

Conley will soon be eligible to retire, but according to Frankfort mayor Frank Moracco, Conley has not notified the Village of any pending retirement plans, nor has the Village Board asked the Chief to step down.

Conley is currently the subject of two notices of claim for alleged assaults, one by Frankfort police officer Samuel Ameduri, the other by Herkimer County Coroner Dan Enea. Letters have been sent to six eligible individuals who took the most recent civil service test for departments the size of Frankfort's. Those individuals have until Friday to let the county know whether or not they'd be interested in pursuing the position.

Civil service law mandates that the village must hire one of the top three finishers on that civil service test, or someone who tied for third on the exam.

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