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METRO Head of scandal-plagued NYPD division quietly retires

The former head of the NYPD’s scandal-plagued gun license division has quietly put in his retirement papers — taking a lucrative blue parachute out of the beleaguered department. Deputy Inspector Mike Endall, 49, ran the allegedly corrupt License Division until last April, when he was transferred to a full-pay desk job “pending further review,” officials at the time said. He has not been charged by the feds, or disciplined administratively — although Acting US Attorney Joon H. Kim recently derided the “alleged corruption that pervaded the license division up to its senior levels.” “He should have at least been charged administratively with failure to supervise,” groused one law enforcement insider. “The ironic thing is, he was promoted by [then-Police Commissioner William] Bratton to deputy inspector — while the place was turned into a candy store and they were selling everything in sight.” Endall makes $177,941 a year, according to city records, meaning his pension upon retirement will be equal to at least half that sum annually. Other department members weren’t nearly as lucky as Endall, who had been transferred to a police vehicle repair shop in Queens. Three of Endall’s former employees, including his ex-second-in-command, now-retired Lt. Paul Dean, were arrested in the scandal April 25. Dean is accused of taking free restaurant meals, booze, car repairs and entertainment, including trips to strip clubs, to expedite gun licenses.A fourth underling, former Sgt. David Villanueva, pleaded guilty to bribery and other charges, and is cooperating with investigators, federal prosecutors said. Endall’s plans for retirement have nothing to do with the arrests, insisted Captains Endowment Association president Roy Richter. “He’s retiring because he has an offer in the private sector that he wants to take advantage of,” Richter said. “There’s no reason for him to put his life on hold.” He called the arrests last week “disheartening and embarrassing.” “There’s absolutely no relationship between Endall’s decisions to retire and the indictments that were announced this week,” Richter said. “Endall’s conduct as a commander has always been above reproach.”
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