Leadership

COMM. McELLIGOTT RETIRES FROM NEW YORK DEPARTMENT

Issue 5 and Volume 94.

COMM. McELLIGOTT RETIRES FROM NEW YORK DEPARTMENT Conflict with Mayor Over Penalty Imposed on Reputed Grafter Results in Retirement of Commissioner and Deputy BECAUSE Deputy Commissioner George L. McKenna of the New York Fire Department did not feel that evidence presented was sufficient to convict one of the Fire Department’s inspectors of petty graft, and thereupon found him guilty only of conduct unbecoming a member of the Fire Department, Commissioner McKenna was asked to resign his post by Mayor LaGuardia. Commissioner John J. McElligott upheld his deputy, and after a brief conference with the Mayor, the Commissioner tendered his resignation. Both retirements took effect on May 8. Seven inspectors of combustibles, composing the entire force of oil-burner inspectors in the Fire Department, were ordered suspended last Feb. 11 after William B. Herlands, Commissioner of Investigation, had accused them of accepting gratuities of $3 to $10. The case referred to above…

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