Mayor Brian U. Stratton this afternoon fired Police Officer John Lewis in an announcement made in the City Hall rotunda.
“Mr. Lewis has placed his own interests above those of the public he swore to protect and to serve,” Stratton said. “Time and again, he has acted with complete and utter disregard for the law.
Stratton said one of Lewis’ most “unforgivable” actions was that he never showed any remorse.
Lewis was arrested seven times for accusations of domestic violence against his ex-wife, DWIs, an alcohol-fueled fight at his mother’s house, and punching out a window at the Schoharie County Jail.
Lewis’ termination is effective immediately. It does not change the course of the criminal charges against him.
Lewis was hired in 1994.
Lewis was fired by the city once before, after allegedly making a derogatory comment near a black city employee. Lewis later said he was simply greeting another officer, and an arbitrator overturned the termination.
See Tuesday’s print editions and online for more on the story.
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