Germantown lawsuit against former PD officer-in-charge dismissed
Aug 21, 2018 8:00 am
Amanda Purcell is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the case filed by the town of Germantown against Brian DuBois, the now former officer-in-charge of the town police department, has been dismissed. Officials said the case sought to bar DuBois from accessing department firearms. A Columbia County Court judge dismissed the case August 15. The dismissal came after the Germantown Town Board unanimously decided to to disband the town police department. The vote followed a June 26, report from retired New York State Police Superintendent Harry Corbitt recommended the town refrain from providing police services because of profound deficiencies in how the department operates. Attorney Carl Whitbeck said the town has no intention of taking further legal action. “The case is moot so far as the town is concerned, since the town voted to disband the police department,” Whitbeck said. In a separate matter, the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office has moved to suspend DuBois’ state pistol carry permit on the grounds that he appeared despondent. DuBois worked for the Germantown Police Department for 23 years, and led the department for seven. Corbitt’s report is one-sided, DuBois’ attorney, Peter Schuyler said. Corbitt did not take any steps to verify the claims in the report with the officer-in-charge, who was not interviewed for the report, the attorney added. The law disbanding the police department is subject to a permissive referendum. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.