Mount Vernon — Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas fired Commissioner Of Public Safety Robert ‘Bob’ Kelly, Friday Afternoon. While details are still sketchy right now, sources in City Hall tell Black Westchester that Commissioner Kelly was not allowed in the Mount Vernon Police Department.
Early this week, Mayor Thomas appointed Ronald Fatigate as Deputy Police Commissioner. He will probably be Acting Police Commissioner.
On Friday, December 18, 2015, Mount Vernon Mayor-Elect Richard Thomas sent out a press release announcing the appointment of a Deputy Mayor of Public Safety.
In keeping with his commitment to public safety, Mayor-Elect Richard Thomas announced the first appointment to his administration – Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Robert “Bob” Kelly, the announcement states.
Thomas told BW after the appointment, “The Deputy Mayor for Public Safety will be in charge of the Fire Department, the Police Department and Emergency Services, consolidating functions and integrating essential services.”
“When you consolidate the functions of the two departments, you definitely create a net savings on supplies, payroll needs and you also elevate the equipment requests when the department applies for grants,” the mayor said. “So this makes Mount Vernon more competitive across the board, but also positions us to be even safer.”
Council President Marcus A. Griffith told BW, the consolidation of the three commissioner positions is a good idea, but as a commissioner not as a deputy mayor. Thomas received major criticism for the appointment.
On January 8th after Commissioner Kelly was sworn in, Thomas opened by stating: “I look forward to working with all the citizens of Mount Vernon. This is all a new chapter in our great city, as we swear in our new commissioner and these new probationary police officers.”
“Bob Kelly’s appointment is a fulfillment of my commitment to protect Mount Vernon and bring positive change to City Hall. He has the energy, passion, and proven abilities to innovate and solve complex problems. More importantly, he shares my vision and values to operate our city agencies and manage their resources smarter by leveraging new technologies, along with proven tactics to counter modern threats to public safety.”
Sources have also told us there has been a rift brewing between Kelly and the Thomas Administration for a minute
Calls to the Mayor’s office were not returned at posting of this story.
Stay tuned to Black Westchester for more on this developing story!