Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Palmyra Village Board taps Yates for Police Chief job

The Palmyra Village Board is in the final negotiations to bring retired Palmyra Police Officer Sherman Yates back, and appoint him to the position of Palmyra Village Police Chief. The Board met early last week and offered the position to Yates, who worked with the Palmyra Police from 2005 until his retirement in 2012.

“An offer was made to him (Yates) and he made a counter offer, said Palmyra Mayor Chris Piccola. Although the final “period” has not yet been put down on paper, the Board is expected to finalize the deal with Yates this week. A special Village Board meeting to go into an executive session to discuss a personnel matter is set for Monday (4/28) night. “We need to have someone in place by May 7th, the day former Palmyra police Chief David Dalton is set to retire.

Dalton was forced out by the Board after he reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 last August, set by his tier retirement plan. The Board was only notified by the State recently and decided not to ask for a two-year extension on the forced retirement.

Yates, who was the former Police Chief in the Mt. Morris Police Department, before having a falling out with the Mt. Morris Board. He began his law enforcement career in the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office and had compiled a total of 18 years of police duty before being hired by Dalton.


Mayor Piccola said he has learnedmore about the state retirement system over the past week than he ever wanted to know. Questions of how Yate’s retirement delay/suspension of benefits would be implemented came into question. Dalton’s gross pay last year was $87,500 plus benefits. He had been with the Palmyra Police for a total of 33 years and will be two weeks shy of a 45 year career  in law enforcement. There was no information on the pay/benefits package offered to Yaters.

With the impending appointment of Yates and retirement of Sergeant James Showman this month the Village will be left with three officers, David Smith, Adam Husk (son of Village Trustee David Husk) and Brian Parkison.