Newburgh is not giving up on Solomon for police chief


NEWBURGH – The state Civil Service Commission may have ruled that Newburgh City Police Chief candidate Douglas Solomon may not be appointed based on his taking the Monticello village chief test years ago, but Newburgh officials are not giving up on appointing him.
City Manager Michael Ciaravino said their legal team is researching arguments to have Solomon named, possibly on a provisional basis prior to taking a new civil service exam. He said Solomon, who until recently was Beacon’s chief, has the credentials and qualifications to be Newburgh chief.
“We have worked very hard here in 3 ½ years to develop a working relationship that recognizes the police and its citizens as equals in the task of reducing crime and making our neighborhoods and streets safer,” Ciaravino said. “We have been successful at that. Chief Solomon, in his interview, demonstrated his knowledge of many of the programs that we have started and also made some very impressive suggestions that lead us all to conclude that he would be ideal next leader for the Newburgh Police Department.”
In the interim, Lt. Aaron Weaver is serving as acting police chief.