Niagara Gazette — Chella began as a patrol officer, serving in what was then called the Street Crimes Unit. He served a term as deputy superintendent under Superintendent Ernest Palmer and was also a detective and longtime lieutenant in the Narcotics Division.
He oversaw the move of the department from the old Public Safety Building on Hyde Park Boulevard to its new state-of-the-art headquarters on Main Street. Chella has also been credited with working hard to improve relations between police and the community and with making significant investments into proactive, intelligence based policing.
Chella said he has made a recommendation to Dyster on a possible successor. He asked that the name not be made public at this time.
The superintendent said his last day in uniform will be Dec. 28. If a successor has not be named by then, it's expected that Administrative Captain John DeMarco will run the department on an interim basis.mug of Chella, John John Chella Retiring