Suspended director of Police Accountability Board loses lawsuit that aimed to reinstate him

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The former executive director of the Rochester Police Accountability Board has lost a lawsuit that aimed to reinstate him after he was suspended.

Conor Dwyer Reynolds said in the lawsuit that the Police Accountability Board violated the state’s open meetings law, saying it had secret meetings about his dismissal.

A New York State Supreme Court judge, Sam Valleriani, ruled that these claims in the lawsuit are “unfounded.” While the judge did find the board committed technical violations of the open meeting laws, he did not agree there was any intent to circumvent the law.


Reynolds was suspended in May after a series of complaints about mismanagement. He then filed the lawsuit and a complaint with the division of human rights against the board’s chair at the time, Shani Wilson, claiming a pattern of sexual harassment.

Wilson later resigned. An independent city council investigation into the PAB is ongoing.

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