CrimeMount Vernon Dysfunction: Newest Police Commissioner Arrested Just Hours After Taking Oath Of Office
Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas pleads guilty, to resign
Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas will resign on Sept. 30 after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges.
MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The man sworn in as Mount Vernon police commissioner on Monday was arrested on Tuesday when he showed up for work.
It marked the latest day of dysfunction in New York’s eighth largest city, CBSN New York’s Tony Aiello reported.
For more than a week, two men have claimed to be the mayor of. One of them moved Monday to appoint a new police commissioner. It didn’t go well when he showed up for work.
But when Harris arrived at police headquarters on Tuesday he was arrested.
“The reality is, he trespassed. He should have not done that. He was warned,”said.
Thomas was elected mayor in 2015,.
That’s not good enough for the city council, which claims Thomas forfeited his office when he pleaded guilty. The council gave Thomas a deadline last week to pack up and move out. Thomas, however, has made no move to empty out his mayoral chamber and said he has no plans to do so.
Mount Vernon: Dispute over who's mayor hits stalemate
The City Council took action to replace Mayor Rich Thomas, but Thomas called the move illegal.
“As you can see, they didn’t storm this office to change the locks. They tried to storm the police department and got a rude awakening. There’s an existing court order that says until the fall, I’m mayor until I’m not. That’s not gonna change,” Thomas said.
At this point, there is much that is not clear.
It’s not clear if the Westchester County district attorney will prosecute the trespassing charge against Harris.
It’s not clear if anyone at City Hall will file papers asking a judge to sort out who is mayor.
What is clear, the mess in Mount Vernon is showing no signs of abating.
Police commissioner Shawn Harris orders end to Thomas mayoral security.
Shawn Harris, sworn in as Mount Vernon police commissioner last week, is issuing orders to the police chief - while persona non grata at headquarters
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