FIOS 1 NEWS REPORT
During a critical time for law enforcement and public safety in Mount Vernon, the city’s police department appears to be going through some serious turbulence.
This week alone, two top police department officials left their posts. On Wednesday, Acting Police Commissioner Ronald Fatigate formally announced his departure, and on Thursday, Captain Ed Adinaro announced his resignation.
“This is the third commissioner in 15 months to resign and leave,” said Councilman Andre Wallace. “This is not sending a good signal to the community, especially when we’re having all these homicides that are not being addressed and are not being solved.”
In 2016, Mayor Richard Thomas fired the city’s police commissioner, Bob Kelly. Shortly afterwards, Fatigate came out of retirement and became the Acting Police Commissioner.
Thomas would not go into any details about Fatigate’s sudden departure, only thanking him for his service.
“He was retired before, he came out of retirement to help the administration move the department forward, implementing new policies, implementing change management. It’s a tough job to do but he did a good one, and we thank him for his time,” Thomas said.
But others see it differently, and are questioning what exactly has changed and how a the rotation positions at the police department is affecting the increasing crime rate within the city.
Blacks In Law Enforcement, a community organization, has also called into question the hired under Mayor Thomas’s administration, alleging that Deputy Police Commissioner Joseph Spiezo was illegally appointed with no qualifications for the job, and calling for an intervention by the Attorney General’s office.