NEWBURGH – Incoming City of Newburgh Police Chief Douglas Solomon plans on giving his current employer, the City of Beacon, a month notice that he will be leaving his police chief post there.
He will be taking over a department with about double the officers in a city with a higher crime rate. But, that does not faze Solomon.
“There have been some programs put in place already by Chief (Daniel) Cameron, who was there that certainly moved in the right direction so I want to build on that,” Solomon said. “These are issues that I am familiar with after working in Monticello for so many years. I don’t see that as an issue.”
Newburgh City Manager Michael Ciaravino’s city council announcement of Solomon’s appointment Monday night caught Beacon Mayor Randy Casale off guard Tuesday morning when he read about it.
“We wish him the best of luck and we will be making an announcement how we are going to restructure our police department in the future, but we will probably promote from within,” Casale said.
Solomon said there are some new programs he will implement, but he declined to discuss them now.