Meadville Tribune

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October 5, 2013

Meadville's new police chief looking to keep things simple


MEADVILLE — Moving forward

One of Young’s first tasks is mastering the intricacies of the everyday running of the police department, including properly allocating funds for purchases and repairs and, of course, managing personnel issues. Specifically, he’s been devoting significant time to staffing, which is governed by the contract instead of the needs of any particular day.

“Mike and I are pretty much working at every issue together at this point,” Young said. “I know what he’s doing, he knows what I’m doing, and we’re working together to try to get through the stuff that needs to be done.”

Once familiarity with daily tasks has been made, there are choices that also fall within the purview of the chief of police.

For example, the chief decides what color the department’s cars are going to be — but he also has to find the money to make it happen, Young explained.

When the new chief started as a policeman in 1996, he recalled, the department’s cars were a highly-visible white with green and yellow accents. Today, the cars are black with gray accents, a combination selected by Stefanucci that Young said reflected a trend in police-vehicle colors that started back around 2002. “My trend is that I want to go back to black-and-white,” he said with a smile. I don’t know if I can afford it, but I want to see if that works. That’s where I want to be — the doors and roof would be white and the rest of the car would be black.”

While the design of the department’s patch is also up to the chief, “I like the patch we have right now, which was designed by Chief Stefanucci,” Young said. “I don’t see any reason to change that.”

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