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ROCHESTER POLICE CHIEF NOMINATED

Roy A. Irving was named Wednesday as successor to fired Police Chief Gordon F. Urlacher, indicted on embezzlement charges earlier this month.

Mayor Thomas P. Ryan Jr. announced the nomination of Irving, 45, who has served as acting chief since Urlacher's arrest Oct. 18. Irving's appointment to the $76,440-a-year post must be approved by City Council. He has been deputy chief for administration since 1985 and a member of the force since 1968. Urlacher, a 25-year veteran of the Police Department, was indicted Dec. 6 by a federal grand jury on charges of embezzling and misusing more than $150,000 in police evidence funds. Five other Police Department employees were suspended with pay in connection with the investigation, but no other charges have been filed.

Ryan said he is not happy that the five suspended employees still are receiving salaries, but he said they will continue to be paid until the joint FBI-Rochester Police Department investigation is completed.

Ryan said no decision has been made on whether to pay Urlacher as much as $29,000 in accumulated vacation pay that the city owes him. Neither Irving nor Ryan would comment on the status of the investigation. U.S. Attorney Dennis Vacco said earlier this month that other individuals might be indicted, and that state charges might be filed as well.

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