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Terrance Raynor, former police chief, on short list for Mount Vernon police commissioner
Terrance Raynor, a former Mount Vernon police chief, has the inside track to become Mount Vernon's next top cop, a City Hall source speaking on condition of anonymity told Newsday.
"Raynor's the administration's first choice," the source said.
Mayor Ernie Davis declined to comment Wednesday on his first choice for the job, saying he intends to fill the post by the end of the week.
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"Raynor has not applied for the job," Davis said. "No one can get the job without applying for it."
Raynor is the lead investigator for the Westchester district attorney's office, heading a team of 35 investigators. Raynor has not told any investigators or District Attorney Janet DiFiore that he intends to leave for the Mount Vernon post, two law enforcement sources said.
"I love Terry," Davis said Monday. "But he is not among the many applicants we've had."
Raynor could not be reached for comment.
Former Mount Vernon Police Commissioner David Chong, who was Mount Vernon Police Commissioner from 2006 to 2009, also has been mentioned as a candidate for the police commissioner's job. He is currently the White Plains commissioner of public safety.
Both Chong and Raynor were popular within the department, police sources said.
But Chong said he was not interested in returning to Mount Vernon.
"I'm quite happy where I am right now and intend to stay here," Chong said.
The new commissioner will be taking the reins of a department in the midst of a federal investigation in which the FBI and U.S. attorney's office are probing several members of the Mount Vernon police for alleged ties to street gang members in the crime-plagued city, Newsday reported last week.