Speyer named assistance chief of police in Cheektowaga
BY: Kaitlin Fritz, Community Papers of WNY | February 05, 2014
Beginning his 27th year in the Cheektowaga Police Department, James Speyer Jr., was named the department’s assistant chief of police at the recent Cheektowaga Town Board meeting.
“As you all know, many years ago, the department had an assistant police chief and that position was abolished years ago,” said Cheektowaga Police Department Chief of Police David Zack. “The decisions and responsibilities and demands that are being placed on police departments, not only in the Town of Cheektowaga, but across the nation, have drastically increased.”
He went on to thank the town board for approving the position as he said, “this position was badly needed.”
Speyer began in the force as a patrol officer. He also worked the front desk, handled the records division, worked as the departments training sergeant, was part of the accident investigations unit and previously had the title of captain where he handled the day-to-day administrative work.
“I don’t think we could’ve found a finer individual to name assistant chief of police in Cheektowaga,” continued Zack. “His qualifications are outstanding. In fact, I can probably think of only maybe one resume that might be slightly more impressive,” he joked.
Speyer had several family members and friends in attendance at the meeting, including his parents. Upon announcing his new position, he received a standing ovation from the board members, other town officials and residents in attendance at the meeting.
“I am honored to serve the police department and the people of Cheektowaga as the assistant chief,” Speyer said as the applause died down. “The position demands a big responsibility and I look forward to the challenges of the future. I appreciate the vote of confidence and support of Chief Zack and the town board. Together we will provide the public with the most professional police department in the state.”
He went on to say Cheektowaga not only has the best police department in the state, but it also the best town in the state and he looks forward to continuing his service on the force.
The position was in the competitive class of civil service. To fill the position, an interview was conducted and work performance reviews studied. Since Speyer was employed at the captain, appeared on the existing civil service list and met the necessary qualifications, he was appointed the position.
For more information on the Cheektowaga Police Department, visit www.tocny.org.