Troy police chief threatens to sue city

Posted at: 10/28/2013 4:37 PM
Updated at: 10/28/2013 4:49 PM
By: John McLoughlin

TROY - There's a lawsuit brewing, and it is pitting the police chief against city leaders.

Troy Police Chief John Tedesco says he makes $135,000 a year for doing almost nothing -- because that's the way the mayor, and police commissioner want it.

Chief Tedesco and his lawyer have notified Mayor Lou Rosamilia that he plans to sue the city because, as the chief says, the current situation cannot continue and he wants taxpayers to know what's going on.

The chief says that it's been going on since last February, when the mayor appointed Tedesco's former friend, Anthony Magnetto, as police commissioner.

Tedesco and his lawyer claiming that the police commissioner job violates the city charter, and the mayor is violating Tedsco's rights. Tedesco, a 37-year-veteran, says he has to do something.

“I was issued a directive from the mayor, and I feel it is unfair to the citizens and it's unfair to me, not to be able to speak on our policy issues,” says Chief Tedesco. “I really don't want to have to sue the citizens of the city and cost them money.”

“I think anyone who is receiving taxpayer money should be earning those dollars,” said Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia.

Tedesco claims that the police union was behind the creation of the commissioner's job.

Magnetto, the Commissioner, had been Tedesco's "best man" when he got married, but the friendship has pretty much ended.

Tedesco says Magnetto has been decent with him, but the chief says the department is really being run by the union.

“I believe Commissioner Magnetto is doing a really great job running the department,” says Mayor Rosamilia.

NewsChannel 13 asked Chief Tedesco if he thought there would be any repercussions from the mayor's office or commissioner's for telling us his story.

“Myself and my attorney are prepared if there are,” he replied.