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Lawrence R. Bayerl has been named vice president of human resources and general counsel at The Buffalo News.

Bayerl is a 13-year veteran of The News, having served as director of human resources and legal counsel before being named the company’s general counsel.

He is also a former Buffalo deputy police commissioner, a position earned during a 24-year career with the city Police Department. A graduate of Buffalo State College, he earned a degree from the University at Buffalo Law School while working nights at the Police Department. While in private law practice after leaving the Police Department, Bayerl completely revised the Buffalo Police Manual of Procedure.

At The News, he has overseen legal issues and assisted in negotiating labor contracts and handling grievances and arbitrations.

A lifelong resident of Western New York, Bayerl, 60, lives in Orchard Park.