The Rev. Jacques Michel’s attempt to become a Spring Valley deputy police commissioner at $82,200 annual didn’t get past the Board of Trustees.
The proposal was included on the board’s agenda set by Mayor Norami Jasmin for last Tuesday’s meeting but failed to gain any support from the four trustees.
Michel, a former legislator who has run for Spring Valley mayor, has run crime-prevention programs for the Rockland Sheriff’s Office, as well as youth and boxing programs in the Spring Valley area.
Michel said he made a presentation to the Village Board offering his help. He said the presentation in the aftermath of Haitian resident Herve Gilles being shot dead by a police officer. A grand jury found that the officer acted in self-defense when being beaten with his own nightstick by Gilles, who had a history of mental illness and violence.
Trustee Anthony Leon said the village faces far more serious financial and social issues and cannot afford the added expense. Leon also said the Village Board acts as the police commission and didn’t need a liaison to deal with Police Chief Paul Modica and his administration.
Leon also noted the department is short police officers and there are issues of equipment for the fire department.
“We have so many bigger needs,” Leon said.