Council Tables Police Commissioner Vote

July 13, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 6:43 PM EDT

By John Borsa

July 13, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 6:43 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- Daniel Derenda will have to wait a bit longer to find out if he will become Buffalo's new police commissioner.

Derenda underwent two hours of questioning by members of the Common Council Public Safety Committee late Tuesday.

In the end, lawmakers voted to table the matter.

Derenda, who has been serving as the city's acting police commissioner since January, was appointed by Mayor Byron Brown to permanently take the job.

Some members of the Council believe the Mayor's selection process is flawed, because Brown did not make public the results of a nationwide search that was apparently conducted to find a new commissioner.

"It's better that we wait and learn more about the process," said South District Councilman Michael Kearns.

But Bonnie Russell, who represents the city's University District, said her colleagues on the Council should take an up or down vote now.

"He's qualified and he's a city resident," Russell said.

Kearns did not know when the appointment, which has been tabled, would come up for a vote.