JC Police Chief Suspended

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Feb 17, 2010 at 7:13 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Johnson City Police Department is now operating under a new boss.

Police Chief Douglas Potts has been suspended following an investigation.

Effective Wednesday, Potts is on unpaid, administrative leave.

Mayor Dennis Hannon declined to cite any reasons for the suspension, or the investigation involving Potts.

He says the matter is a personnel issue.

Until further notice, Lieutenant David Smith will oversee the Police Department.

Smith is the supervisor of the Detective Division.

Under New York State's Civil Service Law, an employee can be suspended without pay for 30 days prior to a hearing.

Potts has been a part of the of the Johnson City Police Department since 1989.

He was promoted to Police Chief in June 2005 when he replaced retired Chief Steven Korutz.

Potts did not return our calls or answer at his home.

This is the latest suspension of a public safety official in the village.

Fire Union President Marty Meaney was suspended for 30 days in December for misconduct.

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