According to Lovering, Fowler told him that “he would be advising Officer Thomas to call a supervisor should he disagree with any of my requests in the future.” The Daily News was unable to get in touch with Fowler to confirm these statements.
After investigating the situation, Harrington call the situation “a case of he said, he said.” But added it’s part of a bigger issue revolving around the building inspector, and a “handful of people who are trying to run him out of town.”
Harrington is referring to a group of building contractors and former employees of the building department who Harrington fired after Lovering came on board.
“In the end, this isn’t about this one incident,” Harrington said. “It’s about (Lovering’s) role as building inspector and the fact that he takes a much tougher approach to his job than several of his predecessors did. And that (Lovering’s) clearly rubbed some people the wrong way.”
Daily News Staff Writer David Rogers contributed to this report.