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Dan Jones Fired, Kendra Dolman Appointed Building Commish

Kendra Dolman was appointed Mount Vernon Building Commissioner Thursday by Mayor Andre Wallace, after the firing of disgraced Building Commissioner Dan Jones, Wednesday afternoon.

Dan Jones who was arrested, and charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated, and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, Tuesday, January 8th arrived at City Hall Thursday drunk, yelling he was not going anywhere. The police were called and Jones slipped down the back staircase in City Hall before they arrived.

Dolman was acting Building Commissioner before being fired by former Mayor Richard Thomas for not illegally shutting down Ok Freddy’s and Mega Beverage in the summer of 2016.

This is the latest move in the battle over who runs the city of Mount Vernon after City Council’s attempted ouster of Wallace as Acting Mayor. The council voted to remove Wallace as Acting Mayor and install Councilwoman Lisa Copeland as City Council President.

Wallace claims he will continue to expose and clean up the corruption that has plagued the city. The council feels he has overstepped his bound by making decisions without consulting them. The battle over who is in control of the City of Mount Vernon continues.

“City Hall is in chaos,” Wallace tells Black Westchester. “We have attempted to remove irresponsible commissioners and appoint people to protect the City.  The City Council has undermined me at every turn. We have had one commissioner showing up and threatening staff, another employee threatening to come back to City Hall with a gun, all while the Police Department does nothing and wastes time guarding the Council who are holed up in the Mayor’s office. They have the Police Department preventing my Commissioner of Public Safety from protecting this City. As recent tragedies in Dayton and El Paso have shown, the public is threatened when its government is not ready to respond to real threats. The City Council is putting our City at risk, and it needs to stop.”

In related news, there was a briefing earlier today between attorneys for Wallace and Copeland. Black Westchester is told there is a court date scheduled for Friday, August 15th. No further information was available.

Stay Tuned to Black Westchester for more on this developing story.


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AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company. AJ is a Father, Brother, Author, Writer, Journalism Fellow, Rapper, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian and A Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale,,, Rolling Out Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine and several others.
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