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Police Chief Placed On Paid Leave

Peter Volkmann
Chatham Police Department
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Peter Volkmann

The mayor of Chatham is explaining his decision to put the village’s police chief on administrative leave.

Peter Volkmann, who also served as police commissioner of Hudson until his resignation September 19th, is on paid 30-day leave. Village Mayor John Howe:

"This action is related to the status of an ongoing investigation into certain matters by the New York Office of State Comptroller, the New York State Police and the district attorney's office in Columbia County."

Howe says investigators have retrieved information from village and police department computers. He says placing Volkmann on leave should not be seen as an accusation of wrongdoing or disciplinary measure.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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