PATERSON, N.J. (PIX11) — Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh on Tuesday fired Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora, citing incompetency.

The mayor described Baycora as “radio silent” during a wave of violence when as many as 75 homicides happened.

“I indicated to him that his performance was beyond disappointing,” Sayegh said in a press conference Tuesday. “It is deplorable and he knows it because I told him repeatedly.”

Baycora reportedly filed a lawsuit against Sayegh and the city, claiming they were unfairly putting blame on him for the surge in crime.

Sayegh joined PIX11 Morning News on Thursday to talk about the search for the new police chief, as well as the minor league New Jersey Jackals baseball team’s move to Paterson.

Watch the video player above for the full interview.