Town po­lice chief on paid leave af­ter be­ing charged

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Free­man staff

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.


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