ELLICOTT-Police Chief Wlliam Ohnmeiss voiced his displeasure Tuesday to the news his town’s board will cease further funding for a police officer assigned to the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force.
“The level of drugs in this township…We’re not Mayberry anymore,” said Ohnmeiss. “This is a beautiful community and I don’t want people to think we’re losing the battle.”
Although Ellicott only had one officer working with the task force, the loss of town resources is what really gnaws at Ohnmeiss.
“They bring narcotics, lieutenants, buy money, equipment, undercover cars, and the SWAT team. I could never begin to battle this epidemic without those resources,” Ohnmeiss said.
Ohnmeiss expressed optimism Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York State Senator Cathy Young and a host of local politicians will continue supporting his agency’s efforts to fight the drug trafficking issue in this community.
The chief also expressed regret his own board supervisor chose not to continue to fund an officer to work with Jamestown’s Metro Drug Task Force.
“I guess I would say I am very discouraged that the town board is that narrow-minded to see we can’t not afford to fight this fight, “Ohnmeiss said.
The Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force was started in 2014 by Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings who chose to form the squad after more aggression was needed against drug traffickers in the city.
When reached by WNY News Now, Chief Snellings pledged to lend his assistance to the Town of Ellicott when possible.
“I assured Chief Ohnmeiss that we will continue to assist their agency as much as we can,” Snellings said.
WNY News Now has scheduled a face-to-face interview with Ellicott Town Board Supervisor Patrick McLaughlin for Thursday to get his side of this story.