Amityville’s first and only female police officer is now a sergeant.
Pam Slack was promoted in a ceremony before Monday night’s village board meeting attended by dozens of friends and her parents, former trustee Joe Slack and wife Marjorie.
Slack, 46, according to public records, a former teacher, joined the force in 1994. She received the high score on the last sergeant’s exam, said Mayor Peter Imbert, who called her “an awesome police officer.”
“She broke the sound barrier for the Amityville police department,” police Chief Donald Dobby said. “She comes to a job where sometimes you have to be very blunt, direct and demanding, and she’s very good at that.”
Slack’s brother, Joseph Slack, is also a village police officer.
Sgt. John Sullivan is retiring from the force. His walkout is scheduled for tomorrow.
In other village business, residents pressed Imbert for a response to a downgrade of village debt by Moody’s Investors Service earlier this month.
He answered that the village’s finances “have gotten weaker” but added, “We are paying our debts, paying our bills.”
He reiterated his opposition to a significant tax increase or reduction of core services, either of which he argues could drive out businesses and residents.
Money-saving cuts Amityville has made include the July holiday celebration, the geese patrol and three layoffs of village employees, he said. Two police officer positions vacated by retirement have been left unfilled, he said.
Imbert also announced that the village had received two $25,000 state grants that will go toward purchase of a new police car, and domestic violence training for village police officers.
The new car is “needed desperately,” he said. It will replace an old cruiser, Dobby said.
The grants came through the office of state Sen. Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick).
Above: Amityville Village Hall