Several high-ranking police officers have new jobs starting today under newly appointed Police Superintendent Christopher J. Carlin.
Carlin said he is assigning Ernest C. Palmer, who had been police superintendent since Oct. 7, 1998, to the detective bureau as a lieutenant, the state civil service rank Palmer held before he was appointed deputy superintendent in 1996 and then superintendent in 1998. Carlin said the appointment, which becomes effective Monday, was made at Palmer's request.
Palmer replaces Lt. Salvatore Pino, who is being reassigned as a patrol lieutenant on the afternoon shift, beginning Monday.
Deputy Superintendent John R. Chella will be assigned to his old haunt, the Narcotics and Intelligence Division, at his former rank as detective lieutenant starting Monday. Chella, who requested the assignment, was the division commander before he wasappointed to the deputy's post in 1998, Carlin said.
Palmer and Chella are being removed from their positions by Mayor-elect Irene Elia, who has appointed Carlin, a sheriff's investigator, as police superintendent and city police Lt. John DeMarco as his deputy.
In another move, Capt. Morris Shamrock will take over as chief of detectives on Monday, succeeding Capt. Louis F. Curcione. Curcione, who has been chief of detectives for 12 of the past 16 years, will switch places with Shamrock today, taking on the duties of patrol captain on the midnight shift.
Curcione, who became a detective in 1973, held the midnight captain's slot during former Police Superintendent Thomas C. Zwelling's administration from 1992 to 1996.
As chief of detectives, Shamrock will oversee the Criminal Investigation Division (the detective bureau) and the Narcotics and Intelligence Division, Carlin said.
Carlin assumes the policesuperintendent's post today. His second-in-command, Lt. John DeMarco, will act as deputy superintendent but continue with the rank of lieutenant until Elia is able to fund the post in the city's budget.
The mayor plans to work with the City Council to include the deputy's salary in the budget. The City Council allocated only $1 in the budget for that post during recent budget deliberations.