Geneva residents will have several chances to meet the man that will be the next Geneva Police Chief.
Late Tuesday the city released the news that just one person is under consideration for the police chief’s job. Lieutenant Michael Passalacqua was born and raised in Geneva and Phelps. He went to St. Stephen’s School, DeSales High School, and Finger Lakes Community College before going to the Police Academy. He has been with Geneva Police Department for 15 years.
Passalacqua was one of two candidates from the Geneva Police Department that was eligible for the job. The other person was not interested in the chief’s position.
City officials will hold four “Question and Answer Sessions” with Lieutenant Passalacqua, all are open to the public.
Geneva City News Release-
Geneva, NY- We want to thank Chief Trickler for his amazing service to our community from all of us at the City of Geneva. He will be retiring this month after 22 years of service in Geneva.
The process appointing a new Chief of Police is as follows: The City Manager appoints the Chief of Police. The candidate eligible list is generated from the Chief of Police promotional and open competitive examinations that were administered by the Ontario County Human Resources Department earlier this year following the civil service process. The results became available mid-June. On the promotional eligible list, the City has two (2) internal candidates for the position, but only one (1) is currently interested in the position. If less than three candidates are on the promotional list, Ontario County provides an open competitive eligible if available. However, no open competitive eligible list was established by Ontario County. The interested candidate is The City Manager Team is hosting multiple meet, greet and Q&A opportunities for community members to get to know Lt. Passalacqua and to hear why he would like to be Chief of Police. Adam Blowers, Sage Gerling or Doris Myers will host these sessions with Lt. Passalacqua and hear any comments or concerns. “We are thrilled to have a strong candidate for the next Chief of Police. Lt. Passalacqua motivates the department to be the best they can be, takes pride in engaging in respectful interactions and already has ideas for advancing the Police Department,” stated Adam Blowers.
“Feedback from community members, City Council, the Police Department, City staff and Geneva Community Compact members is extremely important to the City Manager Team in making an informed decision for such an important position in the City of Geneva. The Geneva Community Compact members will serve as an advisory role to the City Manager Team in this appointment process. We hope many community members will come to the engagement sessions. We welcome all feedback,” stated Sage Gerling.
“Community Compact is eager and excited to be included in this process. Lt. Passalacqua and other police department staff have already become active in the Community Compact work,” shared Doris Myers.
Lt. Passalacqua wasworking his way up the ranks. If appointed, Passalacqua will be moving to the City of Geneva with his family.
Lt. Passalacqua stated that “It is an honor and a sincere privilege to serve Geneva and feel blessed to be considered for this role. I am looking forward to each of the candidate meet and greets and welcome any conversations from anyone in the City and hope people come out from all neighborhoods in the City.”
The meet, greet and Q&A opportunities are as follows:
* Thursday, July 12th 5:30 – 7:00 PM at the Library
* Monday, July 16th 5:30 – 7:00 PM at Courtyard Apartments’ Community Room
* Tuesday, July 17th Noon – 1:30 PM at the Lakefront near the FLX Welcome Center
* Thursday, July 19th 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM at the Farmer’s Market