I did a cursory search to find out COl. Bart Johnson's campaign contributions, but have found nothing so far.
Anyone care to look!
| By JAMES M. ODATO, Capitol bureau |
Last updated: 3:51 p.m., Monday, December 10, 2007
| ALBANY -- One of the top officers of the State Police is retiring to become the federal government's director of homeland security and law enforcement.|
He leaves after 24 years with the force and amid speculation that he would be a candidate for the superintendent's post.
His post as field commander, the No. 3 job at the 4,880-member State Police, will be filled by Col. Pedro Perez.
Johnson, 53, who for six years was with the Peekskill Police Department, also served as the Troop G commander in Loudonville from 1997 to 2003.
Perez, 55, currently deputy superintendent in charge of internal affairs, has been with the State Police since October 1981. Both he and Johnson have salaries of $150,000.
First Deputy Superintendent Col. James Harney remains in his post serving acting Superintendent Preston Felton.
November 19, 2007
DN Capitol Bureau Chief Joe Mahoney reports:
State Police Col. Bart Johnson, long said to be on the short list of potential candidates to replace Acting Supt. Preston Felton, has told State Police associates that he will instead take a top federal security post, sources said.
During the Pataki administration, Johnson rose from the ranks to become the supervisor of the Special Investigations Unit in White Plains. He has also been in charge of the Statewide Narcotics Operation and the State Police Office of Counter-Terrorism.
The former governor had been the mayor of Peekskill, where Johnson got his start in police work, though a number of police officials said Johnson would have had been on a fast track career-wise even without the benefit of being from Pataki’s neck of the woods.
“Bart is a talented, hard-working guy, and this will be a big loss for the State Police,” a friend of Johnson’s said.
Attempts to reach Johnson for comment this afternoon were unsuccessful. A State Police spokesman had no comment and said Johnson wasn’t in the office.
Felton’s chances of keeping the top post were dashed when he became entangled in the Troopergate scandal. AG Andrew Cuomo’s report on the scandal suggested that Felton should have resisted efforts by aides to Gov. Eliot Spitzer to produce reports on Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno’s travels.
However, at a Senate Investigations Committee hearing, State Police counsel Glenn Valle argued that Felton was merely providing public information and did not act improperly.
Nevertheless, Felton’s chances of being appointed the permanent State Police superintendent are widely seen as damaged by the scandal, and the governor’s office is said to be moving forward with its candidate search.