New Chief for Clarkstown Police Department


Judge Craig Johns, Chief Raymond McCullagh and his wife, Terry (Photo: Kathy Kahn)

STORY AND PHOTO BY KATHY KAHN

The Town of Clarkstown chambers were packed on Tuesday evening, October 3, for the swearing-in of Raymond McCullagh, a 29-year veteran of Clarksotwn Police Department, who praised fellow officers, saying, “Their’s is the toughest job there is.”

McCullagh, sworn in by Judge Craig Johns and McCullagh’s wife, Terry, replaces ousted Chief Michael Sullivan, who is running on the Democratic ticket against current Supervisor George Hoehmann, a Republican.

The swearing-in was not clouded by the Hoehmann v. Sullivan run-ins occurring between the current supervisor, Town Board and Sullivan since his suspension July 2016. Sullivan announced his candidacy April 2017 and was fired by the board on a 3-2 vote last month.