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Graziano resigns as Hudson police commisioner

Sep 17, 2016 12:05 am
Katie Kocijanski and Roger Hannigan Gilson report in the Register-Star that Hudson Police Commissioner Gary Graziano resigned Sept. 16 after a row with the mayor over his comments in a press release about the arrest of a community leader. Martha Harvey, executive director of the Hudson Pride Foundation, takes over the job immediately, Hudson Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton announced shortly after the resignation. “This is no surprise,” Graziano wrote in a press release about the arrest of Quintin Cross. “Given his track record, it was only a matter of time for this wannabe activist and so-called leader to prove, once again, who he really is and what he really stands for.” Cross was the second executive director of the Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center to be arrested this year. His arrest was Sept. 15 for fourth-degree grand larceny, a class E felony. Cross was also previously a Hudson alderperson who has been arrested before, and in this case allegedly used his ex-girlfriend’s ATM/Debit card without her permission. “The mayor went on to give me give her philosophy of why she did not like the comments I made in the Quintin Cross [press release], she then said to me ‘Gary, will you apologize or will you rescind your comments? And if not, I’ll have to ask you for your resignation,’” Graziano said. “I said to her, ‘under no circumstance will I apologize, nor will I rescind my comments, and you don’t have to ask me for my resignation, because here it is.'" He had pre-written his resignation, saying he believed the mayor might react to his comments. “Gary has dutifully served the city, and I am grateful for his many contributions, he will be missed,” Hamilton Martin said. “In my opinion, it is not our place, as public officials, to provide personal commentary on matters such as these.... Everyone who is arrested is entitled to due process, our personal commentary is irrelevant since it has no bearing on the case." Hours later, Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said he was asked to take down the Hudson police Facebook page by the mayor due to the unregulated inflammatory and/or derogatory public comments there. Read the full story in the Register-Star.