Niagara Falls Police Chief to resign

Bryan DalPorto to resign in January; Will take job as police captain

Mike Baggerman
December 13, 2018 - 9:53 am

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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WBEN) - Niagara Falls Police Chief Bryan DalPorto is resigning according to a report by the Niagara Gazette.

The Niagara Gazette reported that DalPorto submitted his resignation earlier this week, which will take effect on January 1. He told the paper that a change in his contract that resulted in less overtime money was a factor. According to the 2018 budget, the Superintendent of Niagara Falls Police made approximately $110,152 while a police captain made $99,079.

A message to DalPorto was not returned.

Though the superintendent position had a higher salary, City Council Chairman Andrew Touma told WBEN that there were limits to the amount of overtime that the superintendent could work.

"The $110,000 was the base and that was it," Touma said. "The chief didn't make as much as other people who he leads."

DalPorto's replacement will be determined by an appointment from Mayor Paul Dyster. City Administrator Nick Melson told us that they hope to find a replacement for DalPorto from within the ranks but noted that it will be difficult over the pay.

"The pay is the pay," Melson said. "That's set by the council and it's budgeted the same (as the 2018 budget). This announcement just came out on Monday so it's very early in the process. The pay is a separate issue. It makes it difficult to recruit somebody to take that position because the majority of the qualified candidates are in positions where they make much more than the police chief does. There's no financial incentive to be police chief."

Both Touma and Melson lauded DalPorto for his effectiveness as police chief.

Payment for the leadership position at the police department was reportedly discussed between the administration and the city council a year ago. 

"We had proposed a pay increase over a year ago," Melson explained. "We had put it on the council agenda and went into executive session because it dealt with personnel, so I can't get into details about it. In that discussion, we were asked to forego doing a pay increase. We pulled the item from the agenda. There's no secret we were under-compensating our police chief."

Touma said the council, at the time, didn't feel comfortable with a base-pay increase for the superintendent because of the deficit in Niagara County.

"Everything is situational," Touma added. "At this point, we didn't feel it was good timing to increase base pay."

Touma said the other dilemma was the amount of overtime worked by those in public safety.

"That's the way it's been happening for years," Touma said. "The overtime continues to go up. We're trying to get a handle on overtime so that doesn't happen anymore. We'd like to increase the base pay at some point."

 

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