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SPECIAL SESSION IS SET ON GUMMO'S FATE DEPEW TO WEIGH DISMISSAL RECOMMENDED FOR OFFICER

Mayor Arthur J. Domino has called a special meeting of the Depew Village Board for 8 p.m. Wednesday to consider the recommendation of an arbitrator to dismiss suspended Police Officer William M. Gummo.

The decision of the arbitrator, Miriam Winokur of Hamburg, sustained three of the four disciplinary charges brought by Police Chief John T. Maccarone against Gummo.

"There are no winners," Domino said, noting the divisive effect of the case on the department and the community.

Maccarone said the arbitrator's decision upheld his position that the case was essentially insubordination, and the decision dispelled Gummo's claim to be a victim of harassment.

"The animus which Officer Gummo has expressed toward Chief Maccarone cannot be denied or ignored. Officer Gummo has demonstrated an unwillingness and inability to work under the authority of his supervisor, Chief Maccarone," the decision said.

The dispute has demoralized the Depew force, calling into question the reputations of Maccarone as well as Gummo.

During Maccarone's 12 years as chief, his department has earned the respect of village residents and other police officials. He is known as a demanding superior who "goes by the book," takes an active role in dangerous situations, and speaks out on issues affecting law enforcement.

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