Chittenango Police Chief arrested
NEWSChannel 2 Staff
CHITTENANGO, N.Y. (WKTV) - Madison County Sheriff's investigators say they have arrested a long-serving police chief.
Authorities said Chittenango Police Chief Jeffrey Paul, 53, of Canastota was arrested Monday morning and charged with two counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.
Sheriff's Investigators say the charges stem from Paul submitting official time sheets in his capacity of a part-time Deputy Sheriff for the Madison County Sheriff's Office, as well as in his capacity of Chief of Police for the Village of Chittenango, that included multiple overlapping periods of time that Paul conducted work for both agencies, and his personal business.
A 13-month investigation, including the recent simultaneous execution of three search warrants at the Village of Chittenango Police Department and Village Offices, as well as Paul's business, the Paul Funeral Home, located in the Town of Madison and the Town of Brookfield, led to the charges and his arrest.
Authorities said Paul has been relieved of his duties with both the Village of Chittenango and the Sheriff's Office.
"It's an uncomfortable situation when, as a member of law enforcement, you have to investigate one of your own," said Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley. "As law enforcement professionals we take an oath, swearing to support and enforce the law."
Both Paul and Village Officials were cooperative in the investigation, noted Riley.
Paul was arraigned Monday in the Town of Lenox Court on one count and was released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to answer his charge in the Town of Lenox at a later date.
Paul was issued an appearance ticket for the second count and is due in the Village of Chittenango Court at a later date.