Robert J. Kerins was scheduled to return to work on the Niagara Falls police force today -- not as a lieutenant but as a patrolman. "I was notified Friday that I had been demoted to patrolman," said Kerins, whose dismissal 17 months ago was overturned by in the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court on Nov. 16. He also said he would appeal the demotion.
"As it stands now, I am assigned to the day shift, where I came from (before making lieutenant)," said Kerins, 44, a 17-year veteran of the
Kerins, who is expected to receive an estimated $50,000 in back pay, said the demotion means he will earn $27,000 a year instead of $33,000.
City officials fired Kerins for allegedly being in a bar after hours while off duty on Nov. 11, 1988. He was fired in July 1989.