November 18 2014
– A patrol officer has been moved into the City of Beacon police department detective bureau while two detectives are suspended, Chief Doug Solomon said.
Jennifer Piacente and Donald Williams Jr. were both suspended on Nov. 1, with pay, as per Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association contract stipulations, Solomon said.
Beacon’s detective bureau consists of four detectives — Piacente, Williams Jr. and two others — and a supervisor, Solomon said.
Edison Irizarry was moved over to work with detectives, Solomon said.
“It remains to be seen” whether the patrol officer’s assignment change is permanent or temporary, he added.
The chief declined to comment on the circumstances of the suspensions.
The 2014 base salary for Piacente and Williams Jr. is $79,913 and with their longevity for years of service it increases to a total of $83,447 a year, said Susan Tucker, Beacon’s director of finance, via email.
To date this year, Piacente has earned $82,383 and Williams Jr. has earned $76,675.
City Mayor Randy Casale declined to comment and the two detectives could not be reached for comment.
Piacente has been with the department since 1990; Williams Jr. since 1987.
Piacente and Williams Jr. were married but divorce paperwork was filed in 2012, according to a document filed with the Dutchess County Clerk’s Office.
– Nina Schutzman