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Mount Vernon Mayor Ousts City's First Public Safety Chief

Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas
Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas Photo Credit: File

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Mount Vernon’s public safety commissioner has been let go -- apparently as part of Mayor Richard Thomas’ review of his new administration, according to a report by

Thomas refused to elaborate on Robert Kelly's firing, other than to say he was unhappy with the way his vision for public safety was being carried out, the report said.

Thomas did say that the decision, though tough, was made in the city’s best interests, the report said.

Kelly has declined to comment and Deputy Public Safety Commissioner Ronald Fatigate will fill in until a permanent replacement is found, reported.

Kelly was a 25-year veteran of the city's Police Department and a former chief investigator in the Westchester County District Attorney's Office. He was appointed by Thomas in January as the city's first public safety commissioner, according to media reports.

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