YONKERS, NY — The august chambers of the Yonkers City Council was chosen to be the venue within which Yonkers Mayor-elect Mike Spano would make public his appointment of First Deputy Chief Charles Gardner to that of Police Commissioner. Spano said, Chuck Gardner will be an outstanding Police Commissioner for the City of Yonkers (CoY). He started as a Police Officer and worked his way through the ranks to the number two position. He has the right mix of experience and vision to move the police department forward to meet the future needs of the City.”
Mayor-elect Spano advised that he had asked Gardner to refocus the department on community policing, on matching its resources to combat current crime trends, and keeping the department updated with current technology. Spano stressed that, “Our goal is to provide every Yonkers resident with the assurance that they are safe in their homes and on the streets, and to send the message that Yonkers is a great place to live, work, or run a business.”
With his wife, daughter, and son, a fellow Police Officer by his side, all beaming with pride, said, “I want to thank Mayor-elect Spano for the confidence he has placed in me. We truly have the greatest police department in the State of New York, and I look forward to working with the dedicated men and women who serve this city to provide the best possible quality of life for those who live and work here.”
First Deputy Chief Gardner will accede to his appointed office as Yonkers Police Commissioner on January 1, 2012.
With CLSA President Tom Phelan, and PBA President Keith Olson, among other Police Officers, family, friends, associates, and dignitaries, the fact that lame-duck Mayor Phil Amicone refused to permit the proceedings to be televised on Channel 78 did not dampen the welcome appointment.
Congratulations Charles Gardner!