After eight months serving as Kenmore’s police chief, Peter J. Breitnauer can drop the word “acting” from his title.
The Village Board on Tuesday night appointed Breitnauer to the post permanently in a 4-0 vote. Trustee Katherine J. Bestine was absent.
Breitnauer had been serving as acting chief since the November retirement of Carl J. LaCorte, who died unexpectedly in February. The new chief passed the police chief’s exam in March “with flying colors,” said Mayor Patrick Mang.
A 29-year veteran of the department, Breitnauer served as assistant chief since 2006. When he first joined, he was part of a 1984 age discrimination lawsuit that raised the maximum age for new police officers from 29 to 40. It now stands at 35.
Breitnauer told The Buffalo News after the meeting that he looks forward to providing residents with a “proactive” and “full-service” police department.
The board also approved the hiring of Joshua B. Davidson and Justin Breitnauer as temporary probationary officers, which increases the department’s ranks to 25 sworn officers.
Davidson, a public safety dispatcher in the department for four years, has a criminal justice degree from Buffalo State College and scored a 95 on the civil service exam.
Justin Breitnauer, who is the chief’s son, has worked in a variety of law enforcement jobs including at Canisius College, the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia and Correctional Facility in Alden. He holds an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Erie Community College and scored a 90 on the civil service exam. A large contingent of the Breitnauer family was on hand Tuesday to congratulate him.
Each of the probationary officers will receive annual salaries of $53,329. Their hirings take effect July 29.