During last Thursday’s meeting of the Greece Town Board, a special oath of office ceremony was held for incoming chief of the Greece Police Department Andrew P. “Drew” Forsythe. Joining Supervisor Reilich and Chief Forsythe for the ceremony were Drew’s family members and Greece Town Councilmembers Mike Barry, Mike Bloomer, Bill Murphy, and Diana Christodaro.
Drew Forsythe has had an “up-through-the-ranks” career in law enforcement. Drew recently served as the Greece Police Department Deputy Chief of Operations and Special Services, second in command of a $17 million organization with roughly 120 employees. Prior to his service in Greece, Drew served as the Undersheriff of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office where he was a member from 1991 until 2017. This position included the oversight of all day-to-day operations and four bureaus within the Sheriff’s Office. This service included the handling of a $150 million budget and the oversight of approximately 1,100 employees. Prior to him serving as Undersheriff, he gained valuable experience within the Sheriff’s Office. He served as Chief Deputy of the Police Bureau, Captain of Zone C, Captain of Criminal Investigation Section, and Unit Commander of the Internal Affairs Unit.
“Drew’s experience with strategic partnerships, program development, tactical deployment, program innovation, and community relations will all be valuable tools that he will bring to the table as the next Chief of Police in the Town of Greece. The Town Board and I have the utmost of confidence in his ability to serve our community and to help navigate the new challenges that are being faced throughout our Country. Of Note, in December of 2017, Drew earned the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office highest honor, The Purple Heart Medal, for injuries sustained and service above and beyond the call of duty. This is the model of the selfless service that we believe personifies the individual who should lead our department” said Supervisor Reilich.
An Oath of Office Ceremony was also held for Jason Helfer, who was appointed to the full time position of Deputy Chief of Police. Jason was joined by his family members for this special occasion.
“Jason is an outstanding individual who has dedicated his service to ensuring our community is kept safe. He is a valuable member of the Greece Police Department, and we are proud to appoint him to Deputy Chief of Police” said Supervisor Reilich.
Oaths of Office ceremonies were also held for additional members of the Greece Police Department. Andrew Potter was appointed to the full time position of Police Lieutenant and Kathryn Ritchie was appointed to the full time position of Police Sergeant.
“I would like to congratulate the outstanding members of our Greece Police Department on their appointments and promotions. We are honored to have them as members of our team” said Supervisor Reilich.
To view the full swearing-in ceremony, please visit the Facebook page of Bill Reilich Greece Town Supervisor: https://www.facebook.com/488197104572689/videos/210372360781616