John Moslow, the retired chief of the Amherst Police Department, will take over duties as the chief of security for all state courts in Western New York, according to an announcement Thursday by 8th Judicial District Administrative Judge Sharon S. Townsend.
Moslow will directly oversee all of the court security operations in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties. That will include supervising 137 state court officers in Erie County.
Moslow will coordinate court security with 15 local police and sheriff's agencies for courts in 19 locations throughout the region.
"We strive to assure that judges, court employees, attorneys and members of the public are able to conduct the business of the court in a safe, secure environment," said Townsend. "John Moslow's outstanding security credentials and experience will serve as a tremendous asset to the courts of the 8th Judicial District."
Moslow, 56, will begin his new post Tuesday. He was appointed by a panel of members of the Office of Court Administration. The 32 1/2 -year veteran of the Amherst Police Department was widely believed to have been the top candidate for the newly created position.
Moslow officially retired as the chief of the Amherst Police Department on Monday, a post he held for the last eight years.
At the time he announced his retirement last month, Moslow said it was "time . . . to move on and try something different.
"I'll always be an Amherst cop in my heart," he said then.
Besides being chief in Amherst, Moslow served on the board of governors of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police and was recognized in 2006 by the National Conference for Community and Justice. There, he received the Brother-Sisterhood Award in Law Enforcement.