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New Village of Frankfort Police Chief is on the job

By By GARY LIBERATORE

FRANKFORT, N.Y. (WKTV) - Sergeant Ronald Petrie with the Little Falls Police Department worked his overnight shift in Little Falls Thursday night, was off the clock at 7a.m. Friday morning and started his new job as the Village of Frankfort Police Chief at 9 in the morning.

The Village of Frankfort selected Petrie amongst a long list of candidates Thursday night.

Petrie is replacing Chief Steve Conley who retired three weeks ago. Conley had come under fire for many things while chief in the Village of Frankfort, including being accused of assaulting one of his own police officers and the Herkimer County Coroner.

Chief Petrie says his number one priority, right off the bat is to bring the department back to where it should be, a well respected one amongst village residents.

Petrie acknowledges the department has not covered all shifts in the past few weeks because of a number of positions not being filled. As a result, the Town of Frankfort Police Department has had to handle a number of cases in the Village.

Petrie says he hopes to have a full staff soon, so that the Village will be covered 24/7, and that in the future, all Village cases will be handled by his department.

Petrie says he still has some shifts to fill in his current position in Little Falls, before he will begin his full time chief's position in Frankfort.

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