NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- One of the justifications offered by Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll and City Manager Charles Strome for the proposed reorganization of the New Rochelle Police Department has been that Captain Joseph Schaller is a lawyer.
This argument raised more questions than it answers. The first question is precisely what sort of legal work Captain Schaller is doing for the City of New Rochelle. A second would why can't the City's lawyer do this work? A third is what sort of conflicts of interest might occur? Finally, why is his NRPD contact information would be listed in online legal directories?
Various legal directory web sites like Legal Help Mate and Avvo which list Joseph F. Schaller as an attorney. The address given is 475 North Ave in New Rochelle, the address of the New Rochelle Police Department. The telephone number listed is 914-654-2254, Captain Schaller's phone number at the NRPD Headquarters.
If an argument can be made that retaining Captain Schaller past age 62 is justified on the grounds that he doing legal work for the City of New Rochelle then taxpayers ought to know just what he is doing and why this work is not being done by the City's attorney, Kathleen Gill. Further, their ought to be a plan in place for the day Captain Schaller retires. Who will be doing the same legal work he is doing when he is gone?