Sag Harbor Village Police Lieutenant Thomas X. Mackey, a 23-year veteran, resigned from the force last week following charges leveled against him Friday for harassment in the second degree, a violation. The charges stem from an alleged domestic dispute with his ex-wife on the afternoon of Thursday, April 2, when the officer went to his ex-wife’s house to see his children. His ex-wife is a former Sag Harbor police officer.
Sag Harbor Village police responded and filed a report; but, according to village policy, Police Chief Thomas Fabiano turned the investigation over to New York State Police, since the incident involved a village officer, said Mayor Greg Ferraris, who is also the village’s police commissioner.
According to various sources, both Mackey and his ex-wife agreed not to pursue charges in the Thursday incident. After an interview with state police again on Friday, however, Mackey’s ex-wife apparently changed her mind.
Mackey, who maintains his ex-wife should have been charged in the incident, was issued a summons, answerable in East Hampton Town Court on May 20, and a restraining order on Friday. Later that day he tendered his resignation.
A few days later, on Sunday, April 5, Mackey allegedly violated the order of protection filed by his ex-wife. The following day, Monday, Mackey turned himself into state police at their Riverside location and was subsequently charged with criminal contempt of court, a misdemeanor.
“There are two sides to every story,” said Mackey’s attorney, Edward Burke, Jr. of Sag Harbor. “He feels he should be in the role of complaining witness.”
“Mr. Mackey is well respected in the community and adamantly denies these charges,” said Burke, “and looks forward to having them dismissed in court.”
“This is a big loss to the village,” said Ferraris, “he was a leader.”
Mackey was the second highest in command behind Chief Fabiano.
“We’re in full support of Tom and his family as they work through this,” said Ferraris.
A decision to replace Mackey will be made when Chief Fabiano returns from vacation, said Ferraris.