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New Charges Levied Against Suspended Clarkstown Chief Michael Sullivan

Residents and fellow law enforcement officers have shown support for suspended Clarkstown Police Chief Michael Sullivan. Photo Credit: Zachary Croce
The Clarkstown Town Board meeting on Aug. 9 was heavily attended. Two attorneys were appointed to litigate and preside over the disciplinary hearing of suspended Police Chief Michael Sullivan. Photo Credit: Zachary Croce
Clarkstown has filed 15 additional charges against suspended police Chief Michael Sullivan Photo Credit: Facebook

CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. -- Clarkstown officials filed an additional 15 disciplinary charges on Monday against the chief of the police department.

Suspended since late July, the new charges against Police Chief Michael Sullivan, which hint at unlawful surveillance practices, were announced through an email statement from the town's special prosecutor William Harrington.

"Today an additional 15 charges were filed against Chief Michael Sullivan. While it would be inappropriate to specifically comment on the allegations of the unlawful surveillance of members of law enforcement running for office, elected officials including members of the judiciary, Clarkstown residents and residents of the surrounding community, I can say that the additional charges are very serious and the investigation is ongoing," he said.

Harrington, who was appointed earlier this month by the Town Board , did not offer further information about the allegations.

Richard Glickel, Sullivan's attorney, told he expected his client to release a statement Tuesday.

The original charges included incompetence and misconduct due to the chief’s social media postings about a former officer and his response to a demand that an officer be reassigned.

In addition to Harrington's appointment, the Town Board also appointed former state Attorney General Dennis Vacco as the hearing officer to gather evidence and make a recommendation on the case against Sullivan. Both appointments came during an August meeting.

The entire process could take months during which time Sullivan will continue to receive his $278,161 salary and benefits, reported.

Sullivan has received wide support from both the law enforcement community, from Rockland County legislators and from the public.

During a recent rally in his support, Sullivan said he was dismayed by the town's decision to suspend him.

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