Edward F. Gehen was appointed as the 7th Chief of Police for the Town of West Seneca Police Department on August 2001. He was a very dedicated police officer who had worked his way up through the ranks prior to his promotion to the top job; he served as a Patrolman, Desk Lieutenant, Patrol Lieutenant, Patrol Captain and Asst. Chief of Police.
In the year 2000, as the Asst. Chief he started our Citizen Police Academy program. As Chief, he instituted a number of improvements to our operations and elevated the professional standards of the Department. He continued the Department's participation in the New York State Police Accreditation Program, securing re-accreditation status twice during his tenure. He was also the head of a committee that helped gain support for our police facility expansion.
In addition to his local government obligations, Chief Gehen also played an instrumental role within the law enforcement profession outside our agency. He was a past president of the Erie County Chief's Association, the Zone – 10 Representative in the NYS Chief's Association, and a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Chief Gehen retired from service April 27, 2013 after 32 years of service with the Department.