Orangetown PD Promotes Butterworth to Captain

The Orangetown Board created a second captain's position in the Orangetown Police Department and approved Donald Butterworth's promotion to the position.

Donald Butterworth spent most of last week representing the Orangetown Police Department in Orangetowns Office of Emergency Management.

"Any problem that came up, Don was right on top of it," Orangetown Police Chief Kevin Nulty said.

That was part of Butterworth's role as the department's administrative lieutenant, which helped prepare him for his new job.

At a meeting Nov. 1, the town board voted to approve Nulty's suggestion that they create a second captain's position in the Orangetown Police Department and elevate Butterworth to fill it.

"He has gone above and beyond and been a true role model in our community," Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart said.

"I've worked with Don now for 22 years," Nulty said. "What a professional he is and what a great person to work with. I look forward to his leadership in the police department in the future. I thank the town board for creating this position. It will really help us through challenging times. This is a great move for Orangetown. Don, on behalf of myself and Captain Zimmerman, well deserved. Congratulations."

Butterworth came to the Orangetown Police Department in 1990 after two years with the NYPD's 47th Precinct. He was promoted to sergeant in 1997, lieutenant in 2004 and administrative lieutenant in 2006.

The board voted 4-1 in favor of the creation of the new position, with Councilman Tom Diviny in opposition. The vote to promote Butterworth was 4-0 with Diviny abstaining because he had voted against adding a second captain.

"A number of the candidates I spoke with said the position was not necessary," Diviny said.

Jimmy November 08, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Whats the cost?
John Dillon November 08, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Captain Butterworth possesses every quality you want in a leader of your police force: intellect, judgment, energy, commitment, and, perhaps most important, a rock steady temperament. He loves Orangetown and treats the weak and the powerful with equal respect and dignity. A truly excellent choice by Chief Nulty and the Orangetown Town Board!
Mike November 08, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Can someone explain to me how when we are experiencing a financial meltdown in the Town of Orangetown with significant tax increases we promote one guy and create two captains and just hired three new POs. I don't get it. We have a force of 80 and we have 1 chief, 2 captains and i don't know how many Lt. and Sgt.. Is this how the Supervisor and the board practice fiscal conservatism and help to get the budget balanced?
Terry November 09, 2012 at 12:30 AM
A number of the candidates I spoke with said the position was not necessary," Diviny said. Funny how we never heard one word from anyone about the new position. What candiates are you talking about anyway.?.. and to hire 3 new cops without disclosing before last night. slick. very slick. where is the money coming from to pay for this? and whos related to who? Personally if we had the money I wouldnt care if they hired 100 cops, but we dont and you think its OK to raise our taxes to pay for this? This was NOT the right time to hire or promote anyone.
Mike November 09, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Terry, you are spot on! The Town failed its fiduciary responsibility to the tax payers. Will anyone remember this come next election?
Randy November 09, 2012 at 01:54 AM
The unnecessary spending doesn't stop. The police force is the smallest it has been for years but they insist on creating a new high ranking, high paying position. There is no one on this board except for Mr. Diviny who seems to care about the taxpayer and their problems with 9.2% tax increase. Time to vote the board and supervisor out, except Mr. Diviny in this case.
Terry November 09, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Randy-I STRONGLY with you. I just fell off my chair laughing..LOL Look at his past record and how he votes..he is 100% pro cops. He never votes against them. But dont take my word just start paying attention.
Terry November 09, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Meant to say strongly disagree with you.
Tom Diviny November 10, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Here is my record. I voted against the 2010 Police Study that cost $25,000.00 and advises to hire 90 police officers/ reduce patrols. I voted against a 2010 benefits package for $40,000.00 for a retiring police officer due to the fact that the officer did not earn this money. I voted for the Rockland County Consolidation study which will look into consolidating the police force into one County force. I voted for the 2012 Police sick policy, saving the town a lot of money. I voted against the creation of another Captain in the Police Department which costs the Town $12,500.00 a year. I would rather have more cops on the street than to increase the number of administrators. I did vote to settle the PBA contract. Just so you know, Orangetown and the rest of the Towns in Rockland County have never done well in arbitration. Arbitration authorizes a third party to decide the contract and is binding on the Town. In making my decision to settle, I reviewed the most recent Clarkstown and Haverstraw arbitration proceedings and they did not bode well for the Town. I aslo voted to hire three new officers. When I was elected, Orangetown had 90 police officers. We now have 80 officers patrolling the streets. We will see 2-3 officers retire in 2013. If we don't hire these officers, we will have less patrols and increased emergency response times guaranteed. My votes are motivated by what is best for Orangetown. Please contact me with any follow up questions. Councilman Tom Diviny


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