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McNally introduces Youngstown's new police chief, law director

Published: Sat, December 28, 2013 @ 7:36 p.m.


Mayor Elect John A. McNally says his selection for police chief was cemented by two meetings with Robin Lees over the holidays.

McNally’s remark came Saturday during a news conference at Fellows Riverside Gardens introducing Lees, a retired city police lieutenant, and the new mayor-elect’s appointment for law director, Mahoning County Assistant Prosecutor Martin Hume.

Lees did not apply for the job and until the weekend of Dec. 14 when he ran into McNally at a function and McNally told him to submit a resume. The two then talked on Christmas Eve morning and the day after Christmas and McNally said he liked what he heard.

Lees, who retired in 2011 after 33 years on the force, said he was pleased to be back on the department. He’s not sure yet what changes he will make, but said he will be keeping a lot of policies in place that outgoing Chief Rod Foley has started, including the Community Initiative to Reduce Violence program.

When asked by a member of the audience about hiring people who are retired, McNally said he understands concerns about that but he also wants to hire the people he thinks are best suited for the jobs.

Hume, who has his own law firm and has been an assistant prosecutor for 17 years in county court in Boardman, said he has a lot of experience in labor law, which should be beneficial to city employees who can be assured they will be able to work free of discrimination or harassment.

“We want to make the city a great place to work,” Hume said.

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12muchtax(895 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Maybe McNally and lees could start randomly check licenses and car insurance! it was in the paper that over 40 percent of drivers have no insurance. PA makes you prove you have insurance every year when renewing plates, not Ohio they just allow over 40 percent of the people to lie and sign. Kasic wake up! Radom road blocks all over the city!

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2handymandave(578 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

I heard Foley has been in tears the last couple of days since now he's got to go back to being a NOBODY. Don't ya just hate it when you want something real bad Foley, and someone comes along and tells you NO? Too Bad, So sad, Enjoy the cut in pay and authority, I know I will.

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3Nom_De_Plume(60 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Wouldn't be surprised if Foley was in tears as the previous poster stated. But, while he may lose some authority, it is doubtful he will see a cut in pay. The chief is not eligible for OT, captains are. Plus, he will continue his secondary employment.

Lees is a terrible choice. Guy has no morals despite how well he publicly portrays himself. Those unhappy with Foley (and past chiefs) will be griping about Lees in six months. But, truly, terrible choice.

Hume...meh. Any beating heart with a law license has to be better than Farris. McNally is a fool if he gives Farris the option of staying on.

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4USMC0331(152 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Not a terrible choice at all!! The guy is a real cop and knows what its like to work the streets!! Moral will be better than it ever has and of course the haters on here will continue to hate. Very exciting to see what a REAL cop does with the police chiefs position. Too bad for the suck @ss ones that thought they'd have it made.


Thats awesome!!!!! And sooo true!!! Nice slice of "hows it feel" pie!

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5Nom_De_Plume(60 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Lees is not a "REAL cop." In my humble but educated opinion, he is a liar and a manipulator. Terrible choice.

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6USMC0331(152 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

That's your opinion and you're entitled to it. I'm speaking facts. He worked the streets and is a real cop. He wasn't taken care of his entire career like some people. And just because your "opinion" is an educated one doesn't mean it's an accurate one.

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