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Ex-Clarkstown police chief sues town, claims his firing was unlawful

Michael Sullivan takes his case to Rockland Supreme Court

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NEW CITY — He may have been fired as Clarkstown's police chief, but the legal battle for Michael Sullivan is far from over.

Sullivan filed a lawsuit that states the Clarkstown Town Council and Supervisor George Goehmann broke the law when they voted to remove him from his post.

"What they did was contrary to the Rockland County Police Act, which prohibits a person who proffered the charges from voting on them, which was the only way they could get a three-to-two vote to find Sullivan guilty of disciplinary charges," Sullivan’s attorney Richard Glickel said.

Sullivan was suspended from his job in 2016 on a handful of charges brought forth by the Clarkstown supervisor.

But Hoehmann says Clarkstown has already sworn in its new police chief and will continue to fight against all the "frivolous lawsuits" brought by Sullivan against Clarkstown.

"We've moved on, the police department moved on and it’s time for Mr. Sullivan to move on. The interesting point here is that he's filed a lawsuit claiming that he doesn't want his job back, but the reality is that is exactly what he's suing for," Hoehmann said.

Sullivan is also running as the Democratic candidate against Hoehmann in the race for town supervisor this November.

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