Margaretville cop submits letter of resignation

By Julia Green
After only a year on the job, Harold Fox, the police officer hired by the Village of Margaretville, submitted a letter of resignation this week to the village board. The board has yet to accept his resignation.
“We received a letter of resignation on June 4, and since it’s a personnel issue it’s something that I’m going to bring before the board on Monday evening (June 15) in executive session to discuss,” said Margaretville Mayor John Van Benschoten.
Van Benschoten said that he did not ask Fox to submit the letter, but added that he would have to take the letter before the board before he could say anything further.
Fox, a retired detective from the New York City Police Department, began part-time work as the Margaretville constable on June 2 of last year. At the time of his hiring, the village had been without a constable for nearly a year as a result of a decision by the village board not to hire one. Prior to that decision, Margaretville had utilized a part-time constable since 1985.
Van Benschoten declined to comment on whether the board would seek to fill the vacancy if Fox’s resignation is accepted, pending Monday’s meeting of the board.
Fox did not return calls seeking comment on Tuesday.