Hamburg Town Board votes 4-1 to accept Capt. Monaco’s retirement

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Hamburg Town Board votes 4-1 to accept Capt. Monaco's retirement

UPDATE: Last night, the town board voted to accept Monaco’s resignation, but it was a 4-1 vote with holdout Michael Petrie insisting Captain Monaco should have faced disciplinary action as did a blue collar worker, last year, who was fired.

“They did not give him an opportunity to retire. Now we have an employee who got into some trouble, and they voted to let him retire. I have a problem with the fact that we have treatment for one, and different treatment for another,” Petrie said. 

Late this afternoon, News 4 received a call from Hamburg Town Supervisor James Shaw, who denied the board treated the two town employees differently.

Shaw says the other employee worked in the Department of Building and Grounds and was offered the opportunity to retire.

That worker had 27 years of service and instead of taking his pension and walking away, Shaw told us, he chose to fight, which led to a disciplinary hearing and his termination.

The town supervisor told us, the firing is going to arbitration which is set for a hearing in August.

ORIGINAL: According to the agenda for Monday’s Town of Hamburg board meeting, Hamburg Police Captain Christopher Monaco will retire following his arrest for an alleged domestic disturbance at his home.

Police responded to Monaco’s home after receiving a 911 hang up. 

He was arrested after police responded to Monaco’s home where he attempted to prevent the officers from conducting their investigation by ordering his wife, the victim, not to give a statement.

Monaco was charged with obstruction.

His retirement is listed on the agenda as: 

16. Retirement – Captain Monaco

RESOLVED; that the Town of Hamburg acknowledges the retirement of Police Captain Chris Monaco and authorizes the Town Supervisor to execute an MOA as wellas any ancillary documents to give effect to same.

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