Buffalo, NY- Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown appointed Interim Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda as Commissioner of the Buffalo Police Department.
"Dan Derenda is a creative, hard-driving administrator in the Buffalo Police Department and has been an integral part in the Department's anti-crime efforts that have lowered overall crime in the city by 11% since 2006 and violent crime has been reduced by 4% in the same period," said Mayor Brown.
Derenda has been a member of the Buffalo Police Department since 1986 and was appointed Deputy Buffalo Police Commissioner.
In addition, the mayor also appointed Charles Tomaszewski as Deputy Police Commissioner. Tomaszewski served as a Drug Enforcement Agent since 1988.
"Charlie Tomaszewski brings extensive experience in federal DEA anti-drug efforts in the U.S. and overseas," said Mayor Brown. "Since 2009 he has been responsible for all DEA drug enforcement operations in Western New York and led the DEA Drug Task Force, which included members of the Buffalo Police Department. He has also been involved with homeland security issues and I know he will bring his years of military and federal law enforcement expertise to the Buffalo Police Department, providing our residents with a high level of professional experience and training."
Mayor Brown also appointed a former political opponent, Kevin J. Helfer, as Commissioner of the city's new Department of Parking.
Helfer, a former Buffalo City Common Council member has served as Commissioner of Erie County Department of Social Services and was Executive Director of the Buffalo Civic Auto Ramps, Inc.
Helfer ran against the Mayor as a Republican in 2005, but lost.
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