Town of Bethlehem Police Chief Louis Corsi was handed a 10-day suspension last night by the Town Board for his use of a racial slur during a January, 2006 phone conversation, a recording of which was recently unearthed.
The Town Board voted 4 to 1 during an executive session at the end of a meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 23. The suspension will be without pay, though Corsi will be able to use vacation time, according to the town.
Corsi will also have a written reprimand added to his file and participate in a cultural awareness program.
The Town Board condemns the use of racial epithets in any form or fashion, a release from Town Hall read. "The statement was made in a private conversation and did not refer to any particular individual. Had the statement been made in reference to a particular individual, the Board would have strongly considered termination from employment."
According to Supervisor Jack Cunningham, Corsi's suspension will be satisfied with existing vacation days, meaning the chief will not miss work.
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