Ousted Friendship Chief Brennan will continue to be a 'patriot'
Friendship’s former police chief who has been asked to resign his post by Friday, said he is waiting until then to decide what action to take.
“I’m still under suspension,” Dennis Brennan said. “I haven’t decided what I’m going to do.”
A Daily Reporter story on Tuesday detailed how Brennan was suspended Friday, Dec. 7, after an alleged incident last week. In the meantime, he will continue to train soldiers as he has been doing.
“I would continue to train troops there that are being deployed to Iraq. That’s what I do best. I’m a patriot,” Brennan said. “We use Ransomvillle Training Facility which is owned by the Army.”
Brennan had said in Wednesday’s Daily Reporter that he and two part-time officers were in Niagara County with two Friendship police cars, one a marked car and the other an unmarked car. He said two of his officers were assigned to go in a patrol car for training and that he told them to hurry back. The officers activated lights and sirens to go through a red light, he said.
“A Niagara Falls police car saw them and asked them what they were doing,” Brennan had said. “They didn’t answer and continued to the base. They can’t initiate their car (lights and sirens) out-of-county unless there is a chase.”
He said Wednesday afternoon that he was at the Ransomville facility Tuesday through Friday training with Marines, Army and local police departments. He said he spoke to Niagara County Sheriff Thomas Beilein after the incident.
“I talked to the Niagara County sheriff personally and apologized to him, and said I would handle it. I was not given a chance to handle it,” Brennan said. “I was going to investigate the whole matter and make my decision based on that.”
Friendship Officer James Ward was suspended indefinitely without pay on Friday by the Town Board. Ward could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
“It’s the board’s authority. They wanted me to ask for his resignation and I did,” Brennan said. “I started through the process of getting his resignation and they called me and told me I was suspended.”
William Zacher, town supervisor-elect who will take office Jan. 1, 2008, has said the status of Brennan’s employment remains to be seen. He has said he will ask for “an investigation of everything if this is not cleaned up by Jan. 1.”
Brennan said he has spoken with Zacher.
“I have talked to him, yes — very quickly. He said he didn’t want to talk to me personally until after he became town supervisor the first of the year.”