Carol Lawlor named top cop in Guilderland

Grimm took issue with Runion's statements following the Lawlor vote.

"I thought that was unbelievable. He's embarrassed because people disagree with him? We have nothing to apologize for; we did our jobs," he said. "This [appointment] was a predetermined outcome and another example of old-style insider politics, which is Ken Runion's calling card."

The Republican councilmen said they did not feel Lawlor was the strongest candidate out of a final pool of three applicants. They both put their support behind a Troy city assistant police chief, John Tedesco, citing that he had more education, a better background, and was better suited for the job.

"It's important to all Guilderland residents that we have the best candidate for the job. With events like Columbine and the Porco case, we need the best," Redlich said. "It's a clichE, but when that call comes in at 3 a.m., we want the most qualified person we can have to take that call."

Redlich said that Lawlor was not the best based on the rEsumE presented on a "side-by-side comparison."

He said the public had heard plenty about Lawlor during the search process, but that they had not heard about the other candidates.

He pointed out that the only negative comment made by Runion during the meeting against his candidate was that Tedesco said he would not live in Guilderland if hired.

Redlich said Lawlor's appointment represented the status quo in Guilderland Town Hall politics.

"The previous chief left under a cloud, we all know that," Redlich said at the meeting. "One of the things that came out during the interview process was Acting Chief Lawlor presented a memo that had come from the previous chief that was essentially a secrecy order, and the department has a culture of secrecy."

Grimm agreed with Redlich and said hiring outside of the department would prevent any insider secrecy that may occur in a department that was rocked by the sudden resignation of its former police chief amid allegations of sexual misconduct and other inappropriate behavior.

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