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Chatham police chief Volkmann placed on paid leave; state police seize PD computers

Sep 20, 2020 6:30 am
Bill Williams is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media Chatham Police Chief Peter Volkmann has been placed on a 30-day paid administrative leave by the Chatham Village Board, Mayor John Howe said September 19. The action was taken in an emergency executive meeting held Fri., Sept. 18, after the village was served with a warrant by state police the day before, for police department computer records, Howe said. He was careful to note that investigators confiscated only computers from the police department. The probe is being conducted by state police, the state Comptroller’s Office and the Columbia County District Attorney’s office, the mayor said. “Volkmann’s temporary paid leave is an administrative action, while the investigation is taking place, and should not be perceived as a disciplinary action,” he said. The board will revisit Volkmann’s administrative leave in 30 days, if necessary, Howe said. In a related Facebook post September 19, Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson said he has accepted Volkmann's resignation as police commissioner. Volkmann was a Johnson appointee and has served as commissioner since January 2020. Volkmann is best known for his work on the Chatham Cares 4U program, which supports those addicted to opiates by providing them access to treatment centers without fear of being charged with a criminal offense. Ed. note: Johnson is an active WGXC volunteer on-air programmer. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.