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New police chief takes the reins in Canastota

Posted 8/19/22

The Village of Canastota has announced the appointment of a new top cop following the retirement of longtime police chief James Zophy.

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New police chief takes the reins in Canastota

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CANASTOTA — The Village of Canastota has announced the appointment of a new top cop following the retirement of longtime police chief James Zophy.

Sergeant Sean Barton has been promoted to chief, with a formal installation ceremony scheduled for Sept. 7, the next meeting of the Board of Trustees.

Barton joined the department as a patrol officer in 2002 and was promoted to sergeant in 2014. He has been serving as the officer-in-charge for the past 14 months, village officials stated.

“I am honored to serve as the next chief of the Canastota Police Department, and thank the board for this opportunity,”said Chief Barton in a release.

“As your chief, I will continue to serve and protect our community and its residents as I have done for the last 20 years, and lead the department to do the same.” 

Barton has replaced retiring chief James Zophy, who had been with the department since 1993. Zophy retired in July 2021.

“Chief Zophy left some big shoes to fill, and I was fortunate to be able to learn from him,” said Barton.

“I thank him for his service to the community, and I’m grateful to be given the responsibility of the position he once held.”  

Barton’s installation ceremony will take place at the Canastota Village Hall on South Peterboro Street.

“Sean has been with our department for many years and has dedicated a lot to keeping our community and schools safe,” said Village Mayor Rosanne Warner in a release.

“We thank all of the residents for their letters of support for Sean and their patience while the board went through the process of making this difficult decision. We congratulate Chief Barton on his new appointment and wish him the best of luck.”

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