The state’s top cop is out after just seven days on the job – the fourth victim of the scandals swirling around Gov. Paterson.
State Police First Deputy Superintendent and interim boss Pedro Perez abruptly announced his retirement Tuesday, a week after former chief Harry Corbitt quit March 3 to flee the firestorm.
“My retirement is not premised on the current investigation by the attorney general, as I know my decisions were honest and rightly motivated,” Perez wrote in a letter to Paterson. His last day will be Friday.
Perez’s departure thrusts the state police into further disarray. Cop No. 3 – Field Commander John Melville – will take charge of the troubled agency.