Highland Falls police chief put on administrative leave

An apparent feud with the Highland Falls mayor could now cost the village’s police chief his job.

Highland Falls Police Chief Ken Scott served his small department for 19 years, five of which were as chief.

Highland Falls Police Chief Ken Scott served his small department for 19 years, five of which were as chief. (12/12/16)

HIGHLAND FALLS - An apparent feud with the Highland Falls mayor could now cost the village’s police chief his job.

Highland Falls Police Chief Ken Scott served his small department for 19 years, five of which were as chief. That was until last Friday, when he was placed on administrative leave.

As of Monday, Mayor Patrick Flynn would not say why the chief was sidelined. But others allege the action was due to an ongoing feud between Flynn and Scott over how the department was run, which the mayor denies. 

A rally downtown in support of the chief is planned for this weekend.

In the meantime, an interim police chief in Highland Falls was sworn in Monday, according to the mayor.

This is not the first conflict between the village and police. In June, the village board fired an officer who ticketed the mayor for allegedly driving without a license. While that charge was thrown out in court, those backing the chief say this latest move shows that bad blood remains.

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