October 10, 2017
PAINTED POST, NY (WENY) -- Some community members in Painted Post are pushing for the village to bring back former Police Chief David Mullen.
As we reported earlier this month, Mullen was fired from his position after the village gave him three options regarding pay and pension, and, according to village officials, Mullen continued to request time for weeks to seek legal counsel.
During Tuesday's meeting, residents presented the board with a petition of more than 200 signatures for Mullen to be re-hired because of his effectiveness as
police chief, and because they feel his firing was illegal.
Village officials say the matter is more complicated than expected.
"He kept the village safe and he did a wonderful job running the police department and I think this is so unfair," says Karen Babcock, who lives in the village.
"There's just a lot of complaints out there [regarding the police department]. There are some legal actions going on behind the scenes against it...I found out a
lot yesterday - it's very disturbing," says Board Trustee Brian Francis.
Trustee Francis says the board is looking for people to come forward with specific complaints in writing.
Community members say they will start another petition to re-hire Mullen.