Guilderland police chief candidates threaten legal action

Both Lawlor and Cox are scheduled to the take the promotion-class Civil Service exam March 8. If they pass, both would be eligible for the position. The town board appoints the police chief, who earns a salary between $84,000 and $92,000.

Redlich doesn't deny writing the posts but points to accusations on the blog that he too was lobbying for his own candidate.

"They're claiming that I'm saying something bad of the candidates when I was accused of having an inside candidate. I don't. How could I? We only have two votes," he said, referring to the Democrat-dominated Town Board.

Redlich said he also received a letter from Supervisor Ken Runion asking him to recuse himself from voting on the appointment of the police chief -- a move he won't consider.

"They have three votes, we have two," he said. "They can hire who they want to hire. My vote won't matter."

Runion was unavailable for comment.

While he has nothing against the two internal candidates, Redlich said, he and his Republican counterpart Mark Grimm are merely pushing for a more open hiring process.

"We haven't even had a conversation about what kind of candidate we are looking for," said Redlich. "He (Runion) is going to give us one candidate, up or down vote."

The two Republican Town Board members have criticized the supervisor for posting the job on the Albany County civil service Web site and listing it is a promotional position without the board's knowledge.

Redlich and Grimm have said they believe the word "promotional" implies only candidates from within the department will be considered, rather than broadening the search.

The posting has reportedly attracted two other outside candidates, according to published reports.

The town has hired its own legal counsel should any litigation ensue. Claudia Ryan will represent the town at an hourly rate of $175 an hour and a retainer not to exceed $2,650.""

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