Tonawanda News — Hall began his career as a public safety officer at two universities, before joining the city's police department as a patrolman. He climbed the police ladder to traffic officer, patrol lieutenant and captain before his 2002 appointment as chief of detectives.
Ortt said when former police chief Randy Szukala announced his intention to retire this year, he knew where to turn first, appointing Hall as interim chief in March until the results of a civil service exam came through. Hall scored first among his peers.
"I have no question about Bill's ability," Ortt said. "I know he's going to do great things for our department. His experience, some of his ideas and the respect he has among the department is second to none."
Paduano, Hall's step-daughter, said it has been a long-time dream of his to lead the department, a position he will relish.
"He may be a man of few words but he always stood by those words," she said. "There's not a person who knows Bill who doesn't respect him."
Hall said he will push to make police supervisors more accountable and also spur outreach efforts in the community to better relationships with the department. Capt. Thomas Krantz will replace Hall as chief of detectives.
"He's put his life into this job and he'll put his life into this job going forward," said Alderman-At-Large Mal Needler.Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.