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Hoehmann, Testifying At Hearing, Says He 'Lost Confidence' In Sullivan

George Hoehmann
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A total of 41 charges have now been filed against suspended Clarkstown Police Chief Michael Sullivan.
A total of 41 charges have now been filed against suspended Clarkstown Police Chief Michael Sullivan. Photo Credit: Michael Sullivan Facebook

CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. -- Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann, who testified at the disciplinary hearing against suspended Police Chief Michael Sullivan on Wednesday, said he lost confidence in the chief after he "flip-flopped" on leadership issues, according to Clarkstown Chief Counsel William Harrington.

"I would say it's fair to say that Hoehmann stated that he has lost confidence in the chief and his management of the department," said Harrington.

Hoehmann, who suspended Sullivan in July 2016 from his $273,000 a year job, also said the chief had flipped on a number of issues, including those involving issues surrounding the reassignment of former Sgt. Stephen Cole-Hatchard from the county’s Special Intelligence Unit, Harrington confirmed.

This week's hearing has focused on 22 charges ranging from insubordination to incompetence.

An earlier hearing in February centered on 19 charges including the fact that Sullivan had reset his cellphone after being suspended. During the hearing, Sullivan revealed that he had hired a private firm to retrieve the data.

The chief, who recently announced his intentions to run as a Democrat against Hoehmann in this November's election, has repeatedly denied all of the charges against him. He has been widely supported by other law enforcement departments and government agencies.

The next disciplinary hearing is set for June 6 and 7 at Town Hall.

Once the hearings are complete, the hearing officer, Robert Ponzini, will make a recommendation to the Town Board on what punishment, if any, Sullivan should receive.

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