Unanswered questions surround the city of Mount Vernon as positions under Mayor Richard Thomas’ administration are still vacant and it seems the police department is shifting its key players.
“Many people don’t want to work for this administration. They’re having a problem. It’s not only in the police station that they can’t have, you know, a cop and hold people, it’s throughout the whole administration. It’s rotating constantly over and over and over,” says Councilman Andre Wallace.
According to the mayor’s office, as of this week, Deputy Police Commissioner Shawn Harris is Mount Vernon’s top cop until the position is filled. FiOS1 News tried to reach Harris Friday but got no response.
Harris position as the city’s top brass comes after acting police commissioner Ronald Fatigate resigned and Captain Ed Adinaro was apparently reassigned to a new post.
Others allege corruption within the department.
Blacks in Law Enforcement, a community organization, claims that Deputy Police Commissioner Joseph Spiezo was illegally appointed, with no qualifications for the job. Councilman Andre Wallace has long-questioned Spiezo’s role.
In a January 2017 letter written to the city, Wallace claims that Spiezo interfered with a homicide investigation violating police policy. He also claims that his position is not in the 2017 budget.
“It’s time for the community and the council to step up and start to demand action be taken… I’ve already made it clear that I’ve already sent letters out to the district attorney and others, asking for some kind of intervention,” says Councilman Andre Wallace
A town hall is being held on March 11 at the Dole Center in Mount Vernon. The mayor encourages residents to come out and voice their concerns.