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Officer gets temporary promotion
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
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SOUTHWICK - The Board of Selectmen has approved provisional promotion of a town reserve police officer to help increase patrols on the 4 p.m.-midnight shift.

Acting as the town's Police Commission last night, selectmen were unanimous in their temporary promotion of veteran reserve officer Vincent LaFluer, a Granville resident, to provisional patrolman status. The appointment will remain in effect up to an estimated 90 days while a permanent patrolman recuperates from injury.

Police Chief Mark J. Krynicki requested the provisional appointment, citing manpower shortage within the Police Department and potential depletion of its overtime accounts while Patrolman Phillip J. Girard recovers from injury suffered recently on duty.

Krynicki asked selectmen to consider three reserve officers, Jessie Rizzo, Steven Ricardi and LaFluer for the temporary appointment. LaFluer is a 10-year reserve officer in Granville and has been a reserve in Southwick for the past five years.

The chief said LaFluer will be assigned to the 4 p.m.-midnight shift, the one Girard normally works, because "that shift is now operating with only two officers instead of the normal three."

Town budget constraints have forced continuation of one vacancy in the patrolmen ranks for the past two years.

Selectmen last night also appointed local resident Scott Martin to a labor position at the town's solid waste transfer station pending successful completion of a physical exam.

Martin is employed as a skilled laborer in the Longmeadow Department of Public Works and had worked in a temporary position in Southwick.

Selectmen last night were expected to scheduled a special Town Meeting April 6 to act on approval of the town's upgraded animal control bylaw and several financial transfers.

Pending financial transfers include some $3,000 from the town's general fund to election expenses incurred last November for a special referendum involving a proposed $5 million renovation and maintenance project for the Southwick-Tolland Regional School District.

The referendum was defeated by voters.
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