Police Commission

Meeting Location Change: The Police Commission June 22, 2023 meeting will be held in the Cortland Youth Bureau conference room, 35 Port Watson Street, Cortland, New York 13045

Regular Meeting

  •  9:00 a.m.
  • 4th Thursday of every month
  • 25 Court Street
    Mayor's Conference Room
    Cortland, NY 13045 


  • Chamber of Commerce Office
    83 Main Street
    Cortland, NY 13045

2023 Meeting Dates

January 26, 2023

February 23, 2023

March 23, 2023

April 27, 2023

May 25, 2023

June 29, 2023

July 27, 2023

August 24, 2023

September 28, 2023

October 26, 2023

November 23, 2023

December 28, 2023

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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  • James Sponaugle, Chair

Membership, Appointment & Compensation

There shall be a Police Commission consisting of 5 members who shall be appointed by the Mayor with confirmation by the Common Council. The Commissioners shall serve 3-year terms with no compensation, except the Common Council may authorize compensation for expenses. The Police Commission shall at the beginning of each year elect one of its members as Chairman.

Powers & Duties

The Police Commission shall have the powers and duties to:

  • Submit to the Mayor the names of at least three qualified candidates, if there are three qualified candidates on the list of names reviewed and evaluated pursuant to § C4-3C for the position of Police Chief.
  • Assist the Police Chief when requested with regard to promotions, disciplinary and other personnel matters.
  • Review the estimates of revenues and proposed expenditures and capital program of the Police Department and make recommendations to the Mayor and Capital Program Committee, respectively.
  • Review all complaints by citizens and, with the Police Chief, devise solutions to valid problems in departmental operations.
  • Advise the Police Chief on the administration and operations of the Department as he or the Mayor may request or as the Commission may deem necessary.