New York City Sheriff Anthony Miranda gave his stamp of approval for a gun permit to a disgraced former sergeant sacked more than a decade ago after lying about being sick while moonlighting as a strip club bouncer, according to several sources who spoke to the Daily News.
Ex-Sgt. Jefferson “Bumpy” Rodriguez is now back in the good graces of the city Sheriff’s Office, said the sources, who are now ringing the alarm over Miranda signing off on a so-called “good guy” letter for his pal Rodriguez. The document serves as confirmation to an agency that the holder of the letter is in good standing to obtain a firearm.
The sources said Miranda’s green light came after his three predecessors declined giving Rodriguez the letter, an official missive typically used to demonstrate that a former law enforcement officer remains in good standing.
“After three sheriffs refused to give him his ‘good guy’ letter for just cause, Miranda comes in and in the first weeks hands it to him,” said one outraged source in the Sheriff’s Office. “There’s a reason they denied him before.”
For retired law enforcement workers, a “good guy” letter — or pistol license inquiry response, as it’s more formally known — functions as a certificate to obtain a gun permit, often a requirement for working private security jobs.
Rodriguez rose to the rank of sergeant while at the Sheriff’s Office, but was drummed out of the agency in 2010 after an administrative court judge found he lied about working a side gig as an armed security guard at the Queens strip joint CityScapes — a job the judge concluded he didn’t receive authorization from the Sheriff’s Office to take.
The hearing officer found Rodriguez also lied about being too injured to work for eight months — even though he was reporting for duty at the jiggle joint at the time — and recommended that Rodriguez be fired.
After the ruling, the Sheriff’s Office terminated Rodriguez.
Two sources who spoke to The News and have direct knowledge of the situation said an official complaint about Miranda signing off on the letter for Rodriguez has been made to the city’s Department of Investigation, which declined to comment through a spokesman.
When contacted by The News over the phone, Miranda didn’t deny approving the “good guy” note Rodriguez requested, saying he signs “a bunch of these letters.”
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