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Suspended Port Chester Police Chief Krzeminski To Retire

Suspended Port Chester Police Chief Joseph Krzeminski has reached an agreement with the village to retire on Jan. 2.
Suspended Port Chester Police Chief Joseph Krzeminski has reached an agreement with the village to retire on Jan. 2. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue, file

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Port Chester Police Chief Joseph Krzeminski will retire on Jan. 2 as part of an arrangement reached with the village.

Krzeminski is currently facing federal charges for tampering with and retaliating against a federal witness. The charges stem from an alleged altercation that occurred at the home of Acting Chief John Telesca. Krzeminski is accused of assaulting Telesca and trying to coerce him into not speaking to federal investigators. He was also arrested on Oct. 31 and charged with refusing to leave a meeting of the Board of Trustees. At that time he was placed on suspension without pay.

Under the agreement reached Tuesday, Krzeminski will be placed on paid administrative leave retroactive to Oct. 29. He also agrees to withdraw his complaint of harassment against Village Manager Chris Steers, to stay off of village property without written permission from Steers, and to have no contact with Steers, Telesca, the village attorney, the Board of Trustees and any members of the Port Chester police department with the exception of his two sons who are on the force.

As part of the agreement, the village will not take disciplinary action against Krzeminski for any events that took place prior to the agreement The village will also pay him his accrued time owed for vacation days, personal days, "days off due" and longevity, an amount totaling $107,545.48.

“Chief Krzeminski served the Village for over 33 years. He has two sons in the Police Department and is a friend to many of us. With all things considered, I believe that the agreement is the most desirable outcome for all concerned. We wish him the best in his future endeavors," said Steers.

Click here to see the agreement between Krzeminski and the village.

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