Daniel LaBella is eligible to be police chief … of New York Mills.This was blogged about here last June. At the time, it made no sense that the City could choose a chief from either a City test, or a far easier County test, both tests having different prerequisites.
But the Utica police chief is not authorized to hold the far more complex city police department position, the state Civil Service Commission determined Wednesday in tentatively rescinding LaBella’s appointment to the job.
Why? Because the close friend of Mayor David Roefaro took the wrong Civil Service exam last winter, one for village-sized police departments, the commission said.
Where was the Utica Civil Service Commission when this was going on?
Per today's OD:
County Personnel Director John Talerico said the city had sought to see police chief candidates from the county list.Puh-leese . . . The County knew better . . . Anyone with just a passing familiarity with the Civil Service system knows better.
“We’ve done it before for different titles for the city,” Talerico said. “I didn’t think anything of it at the time.”
Quoting myself from last June:
This particular appointment could not have occurred without County collusion.It also involves both levels of government.
There is much more wrong here than meets the eye . . . it goes beyond Utica's borders and involves BOTH political parties.
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5PM Update: State says local groups should have recognized wrong test
Someone from either the city or county civil service commissions should have thrown up a red flag about Daniel LaBella’s June appointment as police chief, according to a state spokesman.Yep . . . That's exactly what I said. Heads at BOTH City and County Civil Service Commissions need to roll. The public is not getting justice from these people.