Yonkers Police Benevolent Association (PBA) President Keith Olson,
Detective Sergeant Brian Moran, and Fourth Precinct Captain John Mueller are no
strangers to controversy. Each has individually and collectively fixated over many
years in controlling the Yonkers Police Department as they envision it. The
three are longtime friends having allegedly engaged in unsavory conduct that
had them insinuate themselves into gaining information to which they should not
have had access. Even so, it seems that each had allegedly engaged in conduct
that would violate the rights and protections afforded every person under law. Driven
by a lust to control the system from within, seemingly undeterred by protocol,
ethical standards, privacy rights, or their respective station within the
Yonkers Police Department (YPD) hierarchy, they would come to allegedly target
political adversaries, Yonkers PBA union members, and members of the Captains,
Lieutenants, Sergeants Association (CLSA).
PBA President Keith Olson began his police career in the
Fourth Precinct as a Patrol Officer in the mid-nineties with his two friends
and alleged accomplices: Detective Brian Moran, and present Captain John
Mueller. From the onset, Olson questioned the conduct of precinct supervisors.
This was Olson’s way of shirking and escaping his responsibilities as a Patrol
Officer. Keith Olson’s days as a Patrol Officer are rumored to have been spent
playing video games with a former partner rather than actually answering radio
calls. Their alleged conduct would thereby cause responsibility to fall unto
the backs of the other patrolling sector cars. Patrol Officer Olson also worked
in the Housing Unit with his friend Brian Moran, where they would come to be infamously
branded, the “red ants” by the housing supervisors. “Red ants” refer to people
who expend all their time and energy on challenging every initiative, policy, among
other concerns, as set forth by their supervisors.
That persona led Keith Olson into the realm of union activity.
Olson was quick to aggressively insinuate himself into situations that defeated
his perceived opponents by strong-arming colleagues whose demeanor was less
confrontational than his own. Supervisors would come to overlook policies and
procedures they had in place in order to placate the passive / aggressive belligerency
of Keith Olson. The kindness shown to Olson by his supervisors, meant to
ameliorate any bad feelings among YPD personnel, was judged to exhibit weakness
by Olson. Unbeknown to supervisory
personnel, their appeasement of Olson would not earn his respect; instead, it
would come to fuel Olson’s disdain for them. Olson’s insecurity consumed him. No
matter his obsession, Olson would lose his way to the top because he created a
paper trail of his own, alleged, wrong-doings; the fodder for Olson’s self
doubt and loathing distilled deep-rooted insecurity within him; disdain for
supervisors, perhaps because he could not fill their shoes or because he was
inept at scoring high enough on supervisory exam.
Olson would, like a chrysalis, be transformed into what many
have described him to be, that is, an introverted and arrogant person whose
misinterpretation of the purpose and well-meaning directives of his supervisors
for the sake of YPD decorum and for his benefit was misconstrued by him
instead. His lack of self-respect and self-doubt early on in his career is
unlikely to now change course. Olson would carry both his attributes and
demerits to his growing leadership role as a union leader. He was adept at
bullying and instilling fear among the PBA membership to gain the votes to
acceded to the position of president of the Yonkers PBA.
That persona has caught up with Olson of late. He finds himself
shadowed by controversy within the department over allegations of his allegedly
targeting his union membership, and non-PBA members; over allegations of
conducting unauthorized investigations, obtaining and copying police files,
searching police personnel work space, and offices; using his close friends to
set discipline notices, and even to allegedly sending text messages interpreted
by many to have overtones of veiled threats to the membership of the PBA and
Olson’s conduct was almost totally overlooked by former Yonkers
Police Commissioner (PC) Edmund Hartnett under former Mayor Phil Amicone’s Administration.
The passage of time would come to eclipse the issues for just so long. They are
coming to light in recent months falling into the lap of Mayor Mike Spano’s
appointment some 19 months ago, that of Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner.
Olson is currently being dogged by a series of Internal Affairs Investigations.
Olson has few supervisory friends in the CLSA Union. Det.
Sgt. Brian Moran seems to have flourished under the allegedly injudicious conduct
and decisions espoused and promoted by Olson.
Brian Moran came to the YPD after a year with NYPD. He was stationed in
the Fourth Precinct. He would come to be quickly influenced by Olson. The duo
consistently challenged the methodology and protocol of the Yonkers Police Department’s
structure and style. Moran was less open
about his comments and ideology but clearly contributed and fed into Olson’s
backroom precinct politics. Moran would come to join Olson into the Housing
Unit, becoming a boss’s nightmare. During the entire time they were in the
Housing Unit they engaged in complaining, and labeling the housing supervisors
as incompetent leaders. After the Housing Unit detail, Moran would go to work
in the Special Investigation Unit. He used his time there to study, and was
promoted to sergeant. When Moran became sergeant, he was transferred to the Second
Precinct, where he complained about working in uniform after two months, and
used his connection with the Rooney family, who own Yonkers Raceway, to exert
pressure on the city to push him into the position of Detective Sergeant of the
Narcotics Unit under former PC Edmund Hartnett. Moran eventually went on to
Special Investigation under then Lieutenant John Mueller after the trio
conspired to get rid of an existing Det. Sgt. already assigned to the Intel
Unit (Intelligence Unit). That sergeant was transferred out to the Detective
Division where he eventually retired.
Moran is the most private of the trio. Brian Moran is the guy
that Olson conspires with when they needed to collect and gather personal
information against union members. Sgt. Moran presents himself as quiet, low
key, and reserved. Despite his appearance, he is regarded the most devious.
People are impressed with his rarely entering through a front door, preferring
entry through the back door, having allegedly plotted to discredit, undermine,
and manipulate good, decent, hardworking, highly-respected men and women.
The only time PBA President Keith Olson and Brian Moran ever
complained about a supervisor’s demeanor is when they briefly worked under then
Sergeant John Mueller during their days in the Housing Unit. John Mueller came to Yonkers Police
Department after a short stay with the NYPD. He was assigned to the Fourth Precinct
where he too was quick to rub shoulders with Olson, and Moran, and quickly
drank the Kool-Aid over how the YPD was antiquated, and how, after a few years,
they could change the evolution of the department, emulating the NYPD. The trio
had big dreams, and Mueller seemed to be their only hope because he was strategically
astute. Moran and Mueller are both college graduates; Olson a high school graduate.
The three became good friends and their police careers seem
to intersect. Mueller did not spend much time on patrol, and was promoted to
the rank of sergeant where he landed in the now defunct Domestic Violence Unit.
Mueller then went on to work in the Housing Unit where Olson and Moran were
After a short time in the Housing Unit, Mueller was promoted
to the rank of lieutenant and transferred to Central Booking. Then as a
lieutenant he became the president of the Captains, Lieutenants, and Sergeants
Association (CLSA) just about the time Hartnett would take the helm as police
commissioner. Shortly thereafter
Hartnett ironically promoted John Mueller to Special Investigation Unit Commander.
Mueller answered only to Harnett. Mueller then smeared the reputation of a
former Police Detective Sergeant, allegedly for the purpose of moving Moran
forward. Mueller was then promoted to captain, and convinced Hartnett to leave
him in the Intel Unit.
Imagine, a former union president that purposely took the
spot away from another CLSA Lieutenant so he could cut his own deal. Thereafter, under Hartnett, they
systematically took apart a highly respected police department for their God,
the policies of NYPD’s “trial and error” policies. They did whatever the Amicone regime asked of
them and by any means.
John Mueller’s downfall is his lack of experience as a street
cop. He had no concept over how the average street cop thinks. Despite the
image he pretends, he is, like Moran, a follower. At first glance, Mueller’s
“boyish grin”, and jovial demeanor are disarming, but his approach is to fool
adversaries for his gaining more power and feeding greed for more power. Like
Olson, Mueller has an appetite for control, and will destroy anyone in his way.
Mueller’s demeanor is aloof; giving little consideration to the men and woman
who work under his command. He surrounds
himself with a select handful that agree he is an exemplary supervisor.
Both Mueller and Moran take orders from Keith Olson, and they
all beat to their own drum. In an effort to convince themselves and others, they
cheer and clap for each other. They now find themselves clearly ostracized by
their peers. Although Mueller is a captain, he is insecure, as are his two
friends. Perhaps it is their lack of assertiveness for the betterment of the
department that attracts negative attention. While their leadership attributes
have climbed ever higher by their summation, others have judged their influence
diminished and conduct questionable. The trio commands no respect from the rank
and file due to their alleged unethical conduct against their own membership. To
date, the members of the YPD and the CLSA have isolated them for a variety of
internal matters that will come to light. They have lost the confidence of
their peers, and are clearly not trusted among many in the YPD.
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