Captain George Hartz with the Mount Vernon Police Department is accused of violating a department rule while on duty and with another person.
City officials say his suspension is now the third time a police department employee has been questioned about conduct in a matter of weeks.
Hartz was promoted to Acting Chief just over a month ago after Chief Mike Merrilees and Sergeant Kit Morgan were placed on paid administrative leave for alleged ethics violations.
"Acting Chief Hartz is an exemplary employee who made a mistake," said David Glass, the city's Safety Service Director. "He admitted to violating a department rule of conduct unbecoming and I felt that his actions warranted a three day suspension," he said.
Glass would not elaborate on what the violation was, other than to say it occurred while Hartz was on duty and not with a city employee.
Some residents in Mount Vernon say the latest reprimand has them concerned about the level of leadership in their community.
"I don't feel that you can count on them when you need them, I think there needs to be more authority," said Judy Hall.
The department is also involved in a federal discrimination lawsuit after longtime police officer Mark Perkins, who was fired back in April, filed a lawsuit naming police Chief Merrilees, Captain George Hartz among others. That case is pending.
A sergeant is now on temporary assignment as acting police chief. Glass says Hartz will return as Acting Police Chief on Thursday, August 22nd.
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