FDNY Chief James Leonard removed from post over ‘inappropriate behavior’

The FDNY’s top uniformed member was removed from his post Thursday amid a probe into charges of “inappropriate behavior,” the department announced Thursday

The move comes after Chief of Department James Leonard met with top FDNY brass at the department’s Brooklyn headquarters, sources said.

“While a review is conducted by the city’s Law Department concerning allegations of inappropriate behavior, Chief James Leonard has been relieved of his duties as Chief of Department effective today and placed on modified assignment,” the FDNY said in a statement.

The exact nature of the charges against Leonard wasn’t immediately released.

Chief of Operations John Sudnik will assume Leonard’s responsibilities for the time being.

The Chief of Department is the FDNY’s highest-ranking uniformed member beneath Commissioner Daniel Nigro.

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