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Licata named new Niagara Falls police superintendent

Capt. Thomas Licata was named the new Niagara Falls police superintendent Friday.

Licata, a patrol captain, was appointed by City Administrator Nicholas A. Melson, who worked with a five-member search committee.

"We felt he was the strongest candidate," Melson said.

The position opened when E. Bryan DalPorto resigned as of Dec. 31 to go back to his former rank of captain. One of the reasons, DalPorto said, was financial. At least 16 officers took advantage of their overtime opportunities to earn more money than the superintendent in 2017, according to

Capt. Michael Trane has been serving as acting chief since Jan. 1.

The superintendent's base salary is about $110,000 a year.

Licata will be sworn in at 11 a.m. Tuesday in City Hall.

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