The City of Newburgh’s loss is Maybrook’s gain. Gustavo Pareus had been hired by the City of Newburgh Police Dept., but was cut during a recent round of layoffs there. He hadn’t even yet completed the required Orange County Police Academy course. But without a municipal “sponsor”, Pareus would have to leave the academy three months before his graduation.
But it was the Village of Maybrook to the rescue, for the benefit of both Pareus and the village. Maybrook has hired him as a part-time officer, thus giving him an official sponsor, and when he graduates in March, Pareus will begin working in Maybrook as its first bilingual officer.
“He will be a good asset for the village,” Mayor Dennis Leahy said. “If we have a need for a Spanish-speaking officer, he will be available to us.”
Pareus is paying his own way at the Police Academy, Leahy noted, so his training comes at no cost to Maybrook.