Margaretville cop's job on hold pending state paperwork review
By Brian Sweeney
The new Margaretville constable has been put on a leave of absence until the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services reviews the paperwork for his hiring.
Harold Fox began part-time work as Margaretville constable on June 2, but was placed on leave June 24 after a complaint was made questioning the steps followed in his hiring.
Mayor Bill Stanton said the village board agreed to temporarily halt Fox’s services until officials at the Division of Criminal Justice review the paperwork to make certain that proper procedures were followed.
“Until they get back to us, the constable is on hold for now,” the mayor explained.
Mayor Stanton doesn’t feel there should be any obstacles preventing Fox from being reinstated, but said the state wants to make certain that the hiring was properly handled.
Until last year, when the village board voted not to hire one, the village has utilized a part-time constable since 1985.
Fox and his wife and two children recently relocated to the area. He is a retired detective from the New York Police Department’s homicide division.
He was hired by the village to work a maximum of 19.5 hours per work through the end of October.
“We have to proceed according to what the state says, they have to check it for liability,” the mayor noted.
He added, “The constable has all his credentials – he’s doing a great job. Everybody seems happy with him. Once we get a paper trail, we’ll be in good shape.”
He indicated that all new police hirings undergo a similar review process.
The mayor said that the constable has not been carrying a gun as part of duties for the village, but noted that he could do so after obtaining a permit from Delaware County. Previous Margaretville constables have carried guns, the mayor said.