The Evans Town Board named Detective Lt. Douglas J. Czora, to bcome the new Town of Evans police chief next month. Czora will succeed Ernest Masullo, who is retiring.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Czora, a Marine Corps veteran. “We have a department with a lot of really professional people, and my goal is to get them all working together. And our number one concern is to make sure every officer goes home to family safely at the end of every day.”
Masullo recently announced his plans to retire and says he supports Czora’s appointment. Czora was the primary investigator into the December 2013 death of Moss, a 52-year-old handyman.
Czora’s investigation led to Gabriele Ballowe, the former owner of the popular South Shore Beach Club in Angola. The probe took many unusual twists and turns before Ballowe took a recent guilty plea that could result to state imprisonment for up to a year.
Maria Wrafter, the sister of Barry Moss said she and her family were thankful for Czora’s promotion: “Doug is a man of integrity…He worked tirelessly to obtain justice for my brother, even when things seemed hopeless.”
“We knew pretty much from the beginning that we had a good case,” Czora said. “We had physical evidence, we had statements from witnesses. We knew there was a case we could proceed on.” Czora thanked Masullo, members of the Moss family, Detective Bruce Green, State Police and the FBI for their help in the investigation.
A lifelong Evans resident, Czora is a graduate of Lake Shore High School, Erie Community College and Buffalo State College. He also serves as a volunteer firefighter with the Highland Hose Company in the hamlet of Derby.
The Evans police chief heads a department of 29 officers in a town of 16,000 people. In the past, the job has paid about $100,000 a year, but Czora said he does not yet know what his salary will be. He thanked members of the town board for appointing him to the position.
Source: The Buffalo News,