Newburgh in quandary over police chief appointment



NEWBURGH – The City of Newburgh is looking for a new permanent
police chief. Acting Chief Daniel Cameron, an 18-year-veteran of the force,
is one of the applicants, but he does not live in the city. That is a
requirement of the office as set by the city council.

Mayor Judy Kennedy stopped short of endorsing Cameron for the post, but
did say he is doing an excellent job as acting chief.

“Everyone is telling me he is doing a fantastic job and we put some
rules in place that I think maybe is kind of cutting off our nose to spite
our face. We have somebody who is doing a really great job right now so
I don’t know how that is going to play out,” she said.

When asked if the city would make an exception to its residency requirement
to keep Cameron on, she said the council makes the rules and could change

The appointment of a police chief is up to the city manager.

Across the Hudson in the City of Beacon, which has a residency requirement,
the council last year granted a waiver to hire Chief Douglas Solomon,
the former chief in the Village of Monticello, who still lives there.



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