Binghamton Mayor Richard David says a new position in the Police Department aimed at fostering diversity is being filled by a retired City Police Investigator.

The Republican says he has appointed Charles Woody Jr. as Director of Community Outreach and Recruitment.

Photo courtesy Binghamton Mayor's office
Photo courtesy Binghamton Mayor's office

The $65,000 a year full-time job is a new position created to help diversify the police force.

In a news release from the Mayor's Office, the job is described as a position to "enhance community connections and recruitment efforts to increase the number of individuals taking the annual civil service police officer exam, with a focus on reaching underrepresented demographics in policing personnel."

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Woody started with the Binghamton Police Department in 1998 and has been a patrolman, investigator and crime analyst.  His resume also includes: teacher at the Civilian Police Academy, recruitment and board member of the Binghamton Boys and Girls Clubs of Binghamton.

Woody retired from the police force in 2018.

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