Two-thirds of Cobleskill Police Department quit amid overtime dispute

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Major changes are coming for the Cobleskill Police Department.

Eight officers suddenly quit this week – including the chief of police. That’s two-thirds of the department.

This apparently is all over an issue with being paid overtime.

This giant hole now creates a major safety concern in the village.

The Schoharie County Sheriff’s Office and State Police are both working to fill that.

Meantime, the Fulton County sheriff is trying to recruit those officers to come to his department, saying he will pay them overtime.

Learn more about how the resignations are affecting police coverage by watching the video of Taniqua Pennixs story.

Cobleskill Mayor Rebecca Stanton-Terk released this statement:

“The Village Board of Trustees are categorically pro-police and support our Village Police Department. However, we do insist that resources be used efficiently. When 87% of the general fund tax levy is used to fund the Village Police Department, those responsible for overseeing that, must acknowledge that is neither sustainable nor acceptable. Unfortunately, eight police officers (3 of which are part-time) have submitted their written resignations as a result of the board’s attempt to obtain cooperation, that would bring a more palpable resolve to the situation we are in. We are very sorry they are choosing to leave. It is not what any member of the Village Board wanted to see. They have served the village well. We are grateful, and thankful to them for their service. The Village Board is committed to serving the community, and we will not quit. We are whole-heartedly and diligently working on a solution to maintain appropriate and affordable police coverage within the Village of Cobleskill.”