Chief judge taking leave after berating officer at City Hall

The chief administrative judge who was caught on video berating and cursing at a female police officer at City Hall last month is taking a leave of absence for several months, The Post has learned.

Fidel Del Valle, commissioner of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, on Wednesday submitted his request for leave to deal with a medical situation that could keep him out through March.

“Over the past couple of weeks, for a variety of reasons, it has become clear that I will need to take leave from the office due to a rather serious family medical situation which you and I have discussed,” he wrote to First Deputy Mayor Dean Fuleihan in a letter obtained by The Post.

“The procedure is scheduled for January 2019 and subsequent [recuperation] and rehabilitation is expected to last about two months.”

Del Valle said OATH first deputy commissioner John Burns would lead day-to-day operations of the office, which oversees municipal disciplinary cases, contract disputes and allegations of discrimination.

Del Valle was accused of flying off the handle after NYPD personnel asked him for proof of identity when he was entering City Hall on Nov. 13.

“Mr. Del Valle did not comply with the officers’ request for information or directions. Instead, he immediately became confrontational, encroaching on the officers’ personal space, making aggressive gestures towards them and demanding, ‘Who the f–k do you think you are?’” police union boss Patrick Lynch wrote in a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio last week seeking Del Valle’s termination.

City Hall officials declined to comment on Del Valle’s status.

But a source said the commissioner must have a sit-down with de Blasio before coming back.

Del Valle couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

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