Albion police chief will also lead Holley department

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 October 2015 at 12:00 am

Roland Nenni is Holley resident, who started career with Holley 23 years ago

ALBION – The chief of the Albion Police Department will also serve as leader of the Holley PD in a new inter-municipal agreement between the two villages.

Roland Nenni grew up in Holley and continues to live there. He also is a past Holley fire chief. He started his law enforcement career as a Holley police officer 23 years ago.

“I know what the community wants from its police force and will make sure the citizens of both communities are provided with the best possible police departments,” Nenni said.

He has worked with the Albion PD for about 22 years, including the past 4 ½ as police chief.

Holley has been without a police chief since William Murphy resigned, effective Sept. 1. Murphy led the department of 10 part-time officers for 7 ½ years.

Nenni will continue to lead Albion’s department with 11 full-time officers. Albion and Holley both also have a civilian clerk for the police departments.

Nenni said there is no set time commitment for him each day or week for each department.

“The time spent on each department will vary from day to day and week to week,” he said. “Initially time will be spent making the agencies run similar to each other. After the initial set up I will manage the agencies the same as a larger department manages two precincts or two section offices.”

The one-year agreement with Holley was effective on Monday and will be re-evaluated every year.

Nenni said it will save both villages money. Holley is paying Albion $35,000 to have Nenni serve as its leader. Murphy was paid $42,000 as police chief.

The two departments have a long history of working together and with training exercises.

“The joint venture formalizes the relationship,” Nenni said.

Albion has other inter-municipal agreements with villages. Albion village personnel currently run Holley’s sewer plant, and Albion staff also manage Elba’s water and sewer plants.

Albion Mayor Dean London said the agreements save Albion and the other villages money, and also allow them to share talented staff at Albion.