Authorizes a certain individual to take the competitive civil service examination and be placed on the eligible list for appointment as a full-time police officer for the village of Southampton, county of Suffolk.
TITLE OF BILL: An act in relation to authorizing the village of Southampton, county of Suffolk to hire Gregg Keghlian to fill a full-time competitive position with the village of Southampton police department
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To authorize the Village of Southampton to hire Gregg Keghlian to fill a full-time competitive position with the Village of Southampton Police Department.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1. Authorizes the Village of Southampton to appoint Gregg Keghlian to fill a full-time competitive position with the Village of Southampton Police Department.
Section 2. Provides that Gregg Keghlian must be otherwise subject to the merit and fitness provisions of the Civil Service Law applicable to full-time police officers.
Section 3. Provides for an immediate effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: In an effort to consolidate law enforcement services to help stay within the 2% property tax cap, the Village of Southampton, Suffolk County, is proposing to appoint Gregg Keghlian to the position of full-time Police Officer. Currently, Gregg Keghlian is serving as a full-time Court Officer and a part-time Police Officer with the Southampton Village Police Department where he has been continuously employed since 2007. While he is fully trained and is physically capable of performing the job duties of a Police Officer, he has "aged out" his ability to take the Civil Service exam for Police Officer in Suffolk County as he is over the age of 35. He is a member of good standing in the Southampton Village Police Department and would require no academy or field training as he already performing these duties in his current capacity.
In allowing this appointment, the Village would be able to function in a more efficient manner without duplicating recourses. The position of Court Officer would be eliminated and the assignment would be consolidated into routine police patrol and building security function. The Police Department is responsible for court security, so this would not be a change in function or take away from the court. It will, however, allow the Police Department to more efficiently utilize manpower and streamline services.
Officer Keghlian has an employment history with the Southampton Village Police Department, as well as many years of experience. He is Suffolk County Civil Service Qualified for the position as he has passed the medical, physical, background and polygraph requirements of the County of Suffolk. He is recognized as a Police Officer in good standing with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and meets the criteria for Section 58 of the Civil Service Law, except for the age requirement.
The cost savings to the Village of Southampton would include savings from consolidating services and the cost of hiring and training a new officer. It would allow a vacancy to be filled immediately by an experienced officer with a long-standing rapport with the community.
This legislation would allow the Village of Southampton to exercise local discretion and put maximum effort into controlling costs and abiding by the 2% cap mandate without imposing any additional financial burden on to the taxpayers.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2014: New Legislation.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 6722 A. 8939 S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y March 4, 2014 ___________IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Govern- ment IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. THIELE -- read once and referred to the Committee on Governmental Employees AN ACT in relation to authorizing the village of Southampton, county of Suffolk to hire Gregg Keghlian to fill a full-time competitive posi- tion with the village of Southampton police department THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Notwithstanding section 58 of the civil service law or any other law to the contrary, the village of Southampton, county of Suffolk, is hereby authorized and directed upon the approval of the village board of trustees and the police chief of the village of South- ampton, to appoint Gregg Keghlian, who is currently employed as a full- time court officer and part-time police officer with the police depart- ment of the village of Southampton, to a full-time competitive position as a police officer with the police department of such village. S 2. Gregg Keghlian shall be otherwise subject to the merit and fitness provisions of the civil service law applicable to full-time police officers. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14066-01-4