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Mount Vernon Names Interim Police Commissioner

Richard Burke has been named the interim police commissioner in Mount Vernon.
Richard Burke has been named the interim police commissioner in Mount Vernon. Photo Credit: Mount Vernon Police Department

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - Lt. Richard Burke, a retired officer from the Mount Vernon Police Department, will take over as interim police commissioner.

Burke replaces Carl Bell , who was fired by Mayor Ernie Davis last week.

“I believe Richard Burke is the right person for this job," Davis said in a news release. "He comes to us with the skills, experience and familiarity of what is needed to help us aggressively work at combating crime. He will lead the department until a new commissioner is appointed.”

Burke, who had served in the MVPD for 21 years and retired in 1994, said in a news release that he knows the people of Mount Vernon and it is looking forward to serving again.

Burke will be sworn in on Friday.

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