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VILLAGE TRUSTEES TARGET POLICE CHIEF 'NO CONFIDENCE' IN DZIEKONSKI

FRANKLINVILLE -- The Franklinville Village Board of Trustees Monday night voted "no confidence" in the village's police chief of more than 30 years.

The motion was made by Fred H. Plummer on his last night as a trustee and was seconded by David R. Dickinson.

In addition, the trustees took Chief Walt Dziekonski off the list of village employees scheduled to get 4 percent raises in the 1995-96 budget that goes into effect in June.

He retains his salary of $27,473 and continues as police chief.

The trustees, while they were at it, also voted to use the Cattaraugus County sheriff's dispatcher in Little Valley instead of the state police dispatcher in Olean for answering the Franklinville police phone after three rings.

For now on, the calls will be forwarded to the sheriff's office, which, in turn, will notify by radio the local police officer on duty.

Plummer, who did not seek re-election, described his four years on the board at times as being "very frustrating" in his dealings with the chief. He said the Village Board had received little cooperation in its campaign to rid the village of junk cars.

Dziekonski was not present at the meeting because of illness.

Last month, and again earlier this month, he had opposed eliminating use of the state police dispatcher to take the forwarded calls from village residents. He had explained that the way the situation worked was of greatest benefit for the village in that the state police dispatcher could send troopers into the area if needed.

He said the sheriff's dispatcher already made contact with village police officers by radio on a regular basis and that in cases of emergency, residents could dial 911 and get the sheriff's office for action.

At the time, he said: "Right now, we have the best of all worlds. Why change it?"

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