Marcellus Mayor reacts to police indictments

Village Mayor Michael Plochocki responded last week to several grand jury indictments of village police officials.

Last week Marcellus Police Chief David Wilkinson and former Marcellus Police Officer Michael Casey were indicted by the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office on some of the "double-dipping" charges they were arrested on this past December.

Plochocki said he wants to handle the situation by the books.

"After the arrest of the officers in December I decided to suspend Chief Wilkinson and Michael Casey until further notice and to conduct an internal investigation into this matter," Plochocki said. "The Marcellus Village Board continues to unanimously approve of that decision. In accordance with Article 75 of the Civil Service Law the suspensions were with pay."

In January Officer Casey resigned from the Marcellus Police Department, citing that he had to do so in accordance with civil service law in light of his simultaneous retirement from the North Syracuse Police Department. He has not asked to be reinstated. Chief Wilkinson continues to be suspended with pay pending the conclusion of the internal investigation, Plochocki said.

"I was asked by the District Attorney's Office to refrain from taking any action in this matter until the conclusion of their investigation, at which time, as I understand it, all necessary documents relating to the case necessary for our internal investigation will be released to our village board," Plochocki said.

"I wish to reiterate, as I stated in my December 2006 public statement on this matter that the charges against the chief are serious and must be fully investigated," he continued. "I am determined to continue to fully cooperate with the DA's office to get to the truth of this matter."

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