Roger Ginder promoted to sergeant in Guilderland Police Department

"They had a hard job, and they did a wonderful job," Lawlor said.

Ginder's promotion sparked some debate at the Tuesday, Dec. 16, Town Board meeting, when Republican Councilman Mark Grimm requested to sit on the review board overseeing promotions in the town.

He said the two Town Board liaisons for the review board should include a majority and minority member.

"There's no minority representative on that board," Grimm said. "How am I supposed to judge how fair the process is if I can't sit in on it?"

Grimm called it an example of "closed government," but noted he has nothing against Ginder, whose promotion he voted in favor of at the Town Board meeting.

"[Runion] has no right to shut off the minority," Grimm said.

Grimm said he would be willing to sit in on the review board meetings in addition to Pastore and Slavick if he does not take their place.

Runion said the board liaisons are dictated by seniority, and Grimm will not qualify for the position until he is the senior or second-most senior board member.

"It's always been the process," Runion said. "I have no intention of changing the process."

Runion also said that more than two members cannot sit on the board, otherwise it would constitute a public meeting, requiring notice to be made to the public and the media every time they met. He said a full board meeting is done when a department head is appointed, but civil service employees generally do not require the entire board.

"If you did it for every hire, it would be a cumbersome process. You would never get anything done," Runion said.


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