CARMEL, N.Y.— The Carmel Town Board hired a new police officer at its meeting last week, the fourth new officer the town has added in the past six months.
Supervisor Ken Schmitt said the move should finally put to rest the rumors that the Town Board was seeking to downsize the department or eliminate it altogether.
The rumors started last year after the Town Board reached out to County Executive MaryEllen Odell and asked her to look into the feasibility of a countywide consolidation of municipal police agencies. The town said that its police department and its $9 million budget was likely not sustainable over the long haul.
The county initially began to conduct a consolation feasibility study last fall, but the Carmel Town Board opted out, saying it was no longer interested.
“The department is staying,” Schmitt said. “It’s here for good. We are making it better and making it stronger.”
Last Wednesday, Sept. 21, Schmitt and the board announced the appointment of Brian M. Detz, 33, of Carmel, to the police force. Schmitt noted that Detz’s addition continues a trend toward making the department younger.
“We are becoming a younger department and that’s good,” he said. “They bring a lot of enthusiasm and energy to the job. We have had a few senior officers retire.”
Detz grew up in Yonkers but has lived in Carmel for the past three years. He served as an officer in the Mount Vernon Police Department for six years.
Detz is engaged to Christina, and the couple plans to marry next month. The new officer said he planned to raise his family in the Carmel/Mahopac area and so becoming a police officer here was the ideal situation for him.
“I want to serve and protect in the town where I raise my family,” he said. “The timing [of the job opening] was perfect. I love it here because this town is family-oriented and the police department is community-minded.”
Detz’s older brother is a police officer in Yonkers.
Schmitt said he applauds Detz’s decision to live and work in Carmel.
“He made an excellent choice,” the supervisor said. “This is an excellent community. Chief Cazzari has highly recommended him and we (the town board) all concur and we believe he is going to do great things.”
Detz was sworn in as a new officer by Schmitt. His family, including his mother, father, and fiancée, were on hand to observe.