Town police chief on paid leave after being charged
Joseph Ryan faces three misdemeanor counts in the wake of a reported domestic incident at his home.
Plattekill Police Chief Joseph Ryan has been put on paid leave in the wake of being charged with three misdemeanors, the town supervisor said Wednesday.
Supervisor Joseph Croce said Ryan will remain on leave until further notice.
Ryan, 52, of Frozen Ridge Road, town of Newburgh, was charged Tuesday with criminal mischief and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child after officers were called to his home because of a “verbal altercation,” town Police Chief Bruce Campbell said.
Campbell said his department was notified by a third party shortly after 5 p.m. about a domestic dispute at the home. He said the third party was not a family member and was not in the home at the time.
Police investigating the incident discovered a door had been damaged in the dispute and two children under the age of 17 were in the home, Campbell said. He said there were no injuries and no threats involving a weapon.
Campbell said it was the first time his department had been called to a dispute at Ryan’s home.
Croce said the Plattekill Town Board will determine whether further action against the chief is warranted. The supervisor said he was concerned about the matter didn’t want to jump to any conclusions.
“Obviously, in my mind, the chief is entitled to his day in court,” Croce said.
Croce said Lt. William Smith will run the town police department for the time being.
Ryan was arraigned in Newburgh Town Court and released on his own recognizance, and an order of protection was issued for the alleged victims, Campbell said.
Ryan could not be reached for comment
According to the town of Plattekill’s website, Ryan began his career in law-enforcement in 1986 as a patrolman with the New York City police and joined the Plattekill Police Department, in southern Ulster County, in 1996. He was promoted to chief in 2007, the site says.
Ryan’s LinkedIn page says he was a member of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office from 1987 to 2011, attaining the rank of captain.