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>Mayor plans to name new police chief soon

JAMESTOWN -- Mayor Sam Teresi said Friday that he will announce the appointment of a new police chief at the end of March to replace William MacLaughlin, who retired earlier this year.

"There are a lot of terrific candidates out there, both candidates within the department and candidates from the greater Jamestown region. I've short-listed it down to two or three finalists," he said.

The mayor said he plans to hold a few more meetings with his advisers next week before making a final decision.

Capt. Lee Davies has been acting police chief.

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>County Jail expansion gets its first cell

MAYVILLE -- A crane hoisted the first cell of 48 planned cells into place Thursday for an addition to Chautauqua County Jail.

Sheriff Joe Gerace said the remainder of the prefabricated cells in the $16 million project should be in place by next week.

Gerace said the exterior of the addition was completed late last year, with interior work continuing throughout the winter.

"It is a huge project. We are on-line to finish it as we planned. To date, it looks like we're going to complete this thing on budget," Gerace said.

The sheriff said that once the 96 inmates have been moved in, the second phase of the project -- including a new kitchen -- will get under way.

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>Sales of Gifts Checks are nearing $500,000

JAMESTOWN -- The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce said that nearly $500,000 in Shop Chautauqua County Gift Checks have been sold since the program's inception in September 2001.

Gift Checks can be purchased from the Chamber and are redeemable at any of the 109 participating Chamber members.

For information on the program, call 366-6200 or 484-1101 or visit www.chautauquachamber.org.

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