Day after police chief’s DWI arrest, Macedon Town Board accepts his resignation

Macedon Town Board accepts police chief’s resignation

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MACEDON, N.Y. – Members of the Macedon Town Board voted Tuesday to accept Police Chief Fabian Rivera’s resignation.

The board met for a special session Tuesday to discuss the next steps after Rivera’s DWI arrest on Monday.

Rivera faces charges of driving while intoxicated, aggravated DWI, and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher. Deputies say he crashed his patrol car Monday morning, with no injuries.

In the less than 10-minute meeting Tuesday, board members voted unanimously to pass four resolutions:

  • Accepting Rivera’s resignation as police chief
  • Appointing Sgt. Adam Husk as officer in charge
  • Authorizing an internal investigation into the town’s handling of the event, led by the town’s legal counsel
  • Suspending Officer Brigette Goodfriend, pending the investigation’s outcome.

Goodfriend was the officer who responded to the scene of Rivera’s accident the morning of Nov. 20. It happened around 8:15 a.m., near the Gananda school campus. The patrol truck was towed to Macedon Auto for investigation, which the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office is assisting with.

Sheriff Robert Milby says he has no comment on the Macedon Police Department’s investigation. But, he said in an email, “What I can tell you, is that we were called to assist Macedon Police at a location that was not where his initial traffic collision occurred.”

That investigation led to the chief’s arrest and charges. As for the Town Board members, they had no comment.

“I’m going to say that we’re under investigation as far as the internal part so as far as the Town of Macedon and the board we appreciate and absolutely adore our police department; we want to go by the book, I don’t want to mess anything up,” Town Supervisor Kim V. Leonard said.

Last December, police were called to Flaherty’s in Macedon, because Rivera was so intoxicated that he fell, hit his head, and could barely communicate. Two months later, News10NBC received body camera video of what happened. At that point, Rivera released a statement saying he battles demons like many veterans, and deals with mental health issues.

News10NBC has tried to reach Rivera via social media, but has not heard back.