Assistant Chief Officer Hempstead Village Patrick Cooke will retire

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Hempstead Village Assistant Chief Police Officer Patrick Cooke retired last week, Mayor Don Ryan said Sunday.

Cooke's event continues the indictments Principal of the department Paul Johnson and Deputy Chief Executive Richard Holland over the past year regarding corruption charges.

Ryan said Sunday that he was “very surprised at how quickly the decision came” at Cooke to retire. Asking how it would affect the law enforcement agency affected, t he said: “We will continue to go forward, protecting and serving.”

Ryan said Cooke's last day was on Friday. He said he did not know why Cooke retired. Cooke did not respond to Sunday comments.

Ryan stated that he will appoint an active “fast-track” chief executive who will be put to the village board for voting.

Cooke hired the village in 1989, according to payroll records. It was appointed by the board of the village as acting chief executive in June 2018, Newsday reported at the time. $ 241,900 was paid to that year, showing payroll records.

Johnson pleaded not guilty in May to include charges, including a felony applying for public records and was extremely important. allegations that he had fixed tickets before his appointment as a top point.

Plea Holland innocent in November a felony bribery charge over allegations that he paid former Perry Pettus village trustee for an alternative to Pettus' vote in favor of the promotion of Holland to deputy chief executive.

Village officials said last month that Johnson and Holland were engaged in modified administrative duties with pay.

Ryan said in a news conference after the indictment of Johnson that we have “a great confidence in our police department.”

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