The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, November 5, 2010

Probe of police management expands

Sgt. Kevin Cardonne placed on leave

Town Administrator Tim Goddard stated on Wednesday, November 3, “The Board of Selectmen has placed Police Sgt. Kevin Cardonne on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.” According to Goddard, Cardonne was placed on leave on last Friday, October 29.

“In recent days, serious allegations have been made regarding Sgt. Cardonne that have been brought to the attention of the Board of Selectmen. The Selectmen believe that it is their duty as the chief elected officials of the Town of Carlisle to determine the veracity of these allegations. The Board will consider whether any further action is appropriate after it receives the report of the investigator’s findings.”

This follows the October 22 announcement by the Selectmen that Police Chief John Sullivan had been placed on paid administrative leave “pending the outcome of an internal investigation to determine the veracity of certain allegations made regarding the management of the Carlisle Police Department.”

The Selectmen have not yet discussed either investigation publically and have not stated whether the two investigations are linked. However, when contacted on November 2, Town Administrator Tim Goddard said of Sullivan’s investigation, “There have been a number of executive sessions where it was discussed.” At the end of the Selectmen’s last meeting on October 26 they held a private executive session for the stated purpose of discussing “strategy with respect to litigation.”

“Town Counsel’s office is coordinating the investigation for the Board of Selectmen,” said Goddard.

Goddard’s statement about Cardonne was made in response to a Mosquito request for verification. He also said, “Chief John Sullivan is the only other town employee who has been placed on paid administrative leave in the past month.”

Goddard has stated, “Since these allegations involve confidential personnel matters, no other public information is available at this time and the board will not comment publicly again until the investigation has been completed.”

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Selectmen is Tuesday, November 9. Goddard said that it was not known whether the investigations would be concluded by then. “The board wants to do a thorough investigation and they aren’t putting a timetable on it.”

The Police Department continues its work in the interim. Goddard said, “Lt. Leo Crowe has been placed in charge of the day-to-day operations of the department for the time being. He’s doing both jobs – his job as Lieutenant and the work that Chief Sullivan would have been doing.” He added, “The board has every confidence in Lt. Crowe both in his ability to run the department and to maintain adequate levels of public safety.”

When will the Selectmen release more information? Goddard said that the Selectmen are awaiting the results of the investigations. “At that point the board will decide what course of action they will take.” ∆

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