Saying he’s the only candidate in the field with actual police work experience, former New York City policeman John McNicholas is launching an unaffiliated write-in candidacy for Police Commission.
“I sent my write-in petition to the secretary of the state today,” he said Wednesday morning.
“I’ll do it all by myself,” he said. “I’m running as unaffiliated, as I am no longer in the Republican Party.”
Mr. McNicholas had interviewed with the Republican Town Committee for Police Commission, but didn’t attend the party caucus and wasn’t nominated there.
A former policeman who has also worked doing private investigations, he was very clear about what he felt he offered voters.
“The reason to run is what I can add to the Police Commission — my experience,” he said. “I think I can add to the Police Commission something that they lack, and that’s knowledge of police work. There is not one person on the Police Commission right now who has police experience at all, other than being elected as police commissioner.”
Mr. McNicholas said spent 21 years as a New York City policeman.
“And then I became a detective,” he said.
“I worked both sides, criminal and criminal defense,” he said. “I do civil now, and I did civil before, and I also did reviews of police procedures for attorneys, for the legal profession.”
He believes he could do well by the town, if elected.
“I feel that the town is growing so fast that we need somebody who knows police procedures and the managing of a police agency — not that I doubt the ability of the supervisors and administration of the police department right now. They’re more than qualified.
“But I feel the civilians in this town, that pay the tax bills, should have a little bit more say what’s going on, as far as spending money. And I think with my knowledge I could accomplish that, provide the best police service for the taxes paid.”