The Bethlehem Town Board promoted one of its own to detective tonight, Wednesday, July 22, at Town Hall during its regular meeting.
Chief Louis Corsi requested that the board appoint officer Gerald Young to the position of detective with a salary of $65,545, to which he was unanimously granted.
Young used to make $53,629.
The new promotion comes on the heels of two notable retirements in the detective's office when detective Christopher Bowdish and detective Bruce Oliver retired early this month. Bowdish was best known for his work on the Christopher Porco murder trial while Oliver was Bethlehem Central's first school resource officer.
Deputy Supervisor Daniel Plummer presided over the meeting in the stead of Supervisor Jack Cunningham, who is away on vacation this week, and said Young will be replacing Bowdish's position.
\He's a 13-year veteran of law enforcement and a good cop, Corsi said when introducing Young.
The board also unanimously voted to approve a labor contract for the Bethlehem Telecommunicators Local 443, Council 66, for the period Jan.1, 2007 through Dec. 31.
It is unclear whether the department will seek to replace Oliver's detective position but Cunningham and Corsi said previously that the town is actively looking to hire two new police officers to fill the void left by Bowdish and Oliver's retirements.
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