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Fuel added to fire between Troy police chief, city leaders

Posted at: 12/06/2012 12:19 PM
Updated at: 12/07/2012 1:34 AM
By: Abigail Bleck

TROY - Troy's police chief won't be granting any interviews for a while. 

Chief John Tedesco did not mince words during an interview with NewsChannel 13 Friday.

"They are bringing in a lackey to take care of the Democratic majority on the Council," he said.

His apparent outrage was not surprising, considering it was in response to how he felt about the Democrat-led City Commission approving a public safety commissioner, essentially a new boss for Tedesco, to oversee the Troy Police Department. 

But it was that interview, Republican Councilman Mark McGrath maintains, that got the chief in trouble.  McGrath, who also appeared in the piece in opposition to the new position, reports that Tedesco was served a notice of discipline due to his very public comments regarding city leaders last week

When contacted today, Tedesco had "no comment" on what has unfolded since Friday.

Michael Fraser, a spokesman for Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia , confirms a conversation between the mayor and Tedesco, but insists no letter of discipline was issued.  When asked about the details of the conversation, Fraser responded that it was a personnel issue and details cannot be disclosed.