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FRANKLINVILLE POLICE CHIEF REFUSES TO RESIGN

After receiving a "no confidence" vote from the Franklinville Village Board, Police Chief Walt Dziekonski said Tuesday he has "no intentions" of resigning from the department he has served for nearly 34 years -- more than 29 of them as chief.

Dziekonski said he was disappointed that village trustees made him a target during their meeting Monday night, when he was at home sick "with the flu bug" and unable to defend himself.

"I'm not going to retire for seven or eight years," he said.

Dziekonski said he has requested "a certified copy of the minutes of the Monday night meeting for my attorney," Donald Chesworth of Rochester, a former superintendent of the New York State Police.

Trustees on Monday night voted without dissent to take the chief off the list of village employees scheduled to get 4 percent raises in the 1995-96 budget, which goes into effect in June.

They also voted to eliminate using the state police dispatcher in Olean to take unanswered calls to the village police headquarters, using the Cattaraugus County sheriff's dispatcher in Olean instead.

Under the old system, if the dispatcher couldn't raise Dziekonski or one of his part-time officers by radio, a trooper could be sent to the scene of the call, if needed.

Because Franklinville already had a working arrangement with the Sheriff's Department for the dispatcher to conduct regular checks with the local department and because all county residents can use the county's 911 system for emergency situations, Dziekonski had opposed eliminating the use of troopers to answer village calls.

"It has been working for years," he said, "and the state has troopers stationed in the immediate area for quick response."

Mayor Raymond Doty admitted trustees had met "unofficially" on the issue the previous week.

"But we didn't make or pass any motions," the mayor said. "It was informal."

Dziekonski, during the past year's board meetings, has been the target of barbs and criticism from Doty and trustees David R. Dickinson and Fred H. Plummer.

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