Code enforcement officer accused of running errands on the job

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A Clarkstown code enforcement officer has been suspended without pay after allegedly getting caught on camera running personal errands for months while on the clock.

News 12 obtained an exclusive video from a Clarkstown source, allegedly showing Code Enforcement Officer Brian Wagner doing personal errands while technically on duty.

Town Supervisor George Hoehmann, who is well-known for spearheading disciplinary charges that led to the firing of Clarkstown Police Chief Mike Sullivan, wouldn't comment on the video or the specific allegations now against Wagner. He did say there are serious concerns about how the longtime code enforcement officer used his time on the clock, which resulted in disciplinary charges and Wagner being suspended without pay.

"They gotta be where they're supposed to be. They've got to be pursuing the interests of the people. If that doesn't happen - that's a problem,” said Hoehmann.

A town source told News 12 that Wagner, whose base salary is more than $87,000 a year, was seen on surveillance video for two months spending hours of worktime at home, his mother's house, the gym and sitting in parking lots. He did this while allegedly collecting overtime as a town employee.

Wagner turned in his badge and is no longer on duty. Officials say the case has been turned over to police and the district attorney.

Wagner also serves as the president of the Civil Service Employees Association in Rockland.

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