Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Mayor bounces chief from the 'big office'
I have it from two sources that
Mayor Lou Rosamilia met with Chief John Tedesco Wednesday and told him the new
police commissioner, former Deputy Chief Tony Magnetto, will be taking over his
office once he is confirmed by the Council and sworn in next month.
Tedesco asked where he would be
moving to and the mayor told him it’s up to Magentto and odds are his options
are limited because there just aren’t a lot of places to go. If you’ve never
been on the second floor of the Troy Police Department, it’s cut up weird and
the command staff kind of work on top of each other.
The chief’s office, though, is
nice and roomy and there is a little vestibule where his secretary sits. That’s
going to be interesting too. I don’t think the city is hiring Magnetto a new
secretary but it will be interesting to see what other things he takes from
Tedesco in addition to his office.
As you know, this isn’t the first
time the duly elected mayor has hired a commissioner to oversee the chief. Then
Mayor Mark Pattison hired Mark Whitman to oversee the department and Chief Bill
Miller in the 90s. The same scenario took place with the offices and Whitman
bounced Miller out of where Tedesco is now and Miller moved into the office currently
occupied by Deputy Chief Buddy McAvoy.
I’m not sure how it played out
back then but I’d be willing to bet Magnetto won’t bounce McAvoy to make room
for Tedesco so the police chief making some $120,000 a year will have the third
best office in the department … maybe.
As I’ve written I don’t blame
Rosamilia for hiring Magnetto. He gets his own guy in there and he gets an experienced,
well-respected cop for $30,000 so Magnetto can still collect his retirement
whereas Whitman was making $75,000. Pattison wanted his guy, Rosamilia wants his
guy and neither mayor could fire the chief thanks to Civil Service law. Miller
and Tedesco have two different personalities however and I don’t see Tedesco
just rolling over.
Earlier I wrote it will be
interesting to see how Magnetto and Tedesco – two longtime friends and former
patrol partners earlier in their careers – will work together but getting tossed out of the "big office"
is definitely a stick in Tedesco’s eye after 37 years on the force
and the first of who knows how many power plays between the two.
Labels: Magnetto, McAvoy, Rosamilia, Tedesco