BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Binghamton Mayor Rich David appointed a Director of Community Outreach & Recruitment for the city's police department.
Charles Woody Jr. has been appointed for the new position, which Mayor David said in a news release, would "help diversify the police force."
“Establishing this position was a goal of the 2021 Binghamton Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative to diversify the ranks of the Police Department and make sure our officers better reflect the community they serve,” David said.
Woody Jr. is a retired Binghamton police officer. He joined the department in 1998 and retired 20 years later. He worked as a patrolman, investigator and crime analyst.
Additionally, he taught classes in the Civilian Police Academy and led recruitment efforts.
Currently, he serves on the Boys & Girls' Club Board of Directors.
City officials said the purpose of the new position is to enhance community connections and recruitment efforts to increase the number of people taking the annual civil service police officer exam.
There will be a focus on reaching underrepresented demographics in policing, officials said. It will also create new programs in community engagement and recruiting.
The new position reports directly to the Chief of Police.
Woody said in a news release, "As a former police officer and person of color, I’m in a unique position to have frank discussions about public safety in the community and play a key role in attracting more minority applicants to take the civil service exam and become police officers."
Binghamton officials noted that the position is full time and pays $65,000 annually.