Council Members Demand Details on Selection Process of Police Commissioner

July 12, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 12:47 PM EDT

By WKBW Internet

July 12, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 12:47 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- Four City Council members joined together to express their concerns over Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown's nomination for city Police Commissioner.

Mayor Byron Brown nominated Interim Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda for the position of Buffalo Police Commissioner at the end of June.

Councilmembers Michal LoCurto (D-Delaware), Curtis Haynes (D-Ellicott), Michael Kearns (D-South) and David Rivera (D-Niagara District) held a press conference on the steps of City Hall to voice their concerns.

“I’ve said from the beginning that Buffalo deserves a top-notch Police Commissioner,” Rivera stated. “And I’ve always maintained that in order to find one, we needed to see the Mayor deliver on his promise of a top-notch national search.”

The four Council Members held the press conference in response to the July 11, 2010 Buffalo News article that stated the Brown administration, Derenda and the Police Department refused to answer questions regarding the national search, interview and selection process for the Police Commissioner position.

The City Council members stopped short of asking Mayor Brown to withdraw his nomination, and the entire Council will review Derenda's appointment and have the chance to question the candidate at Tuesday's Legislation Committee meeting.

The Mayor's spokesperson, Peter Cutler, says the City received forty applications for the position, but refused to answer how many of those applicants were interviewed for the job.