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Friday, December 3, 2010

Police probe end in sight?

Carlisle may soon see a resolution to the investigation of Police Chief John Sullivan and Sgt. Kevin Cardonne. Town Administrator Tim Goddard said on Monday, “The [Board of Selectmen] investigations are essentially finished at this point in time. The active investigation is complete. The board is considering the next steps to be taken. I anticipate the board will have a statement, perhaps at the end of this week, regarding Chief Sullivan and Sgt. Cardonne.”

The two police officers have been on paid administrative leave for over a month; Sullivan since October 22 and Cardonne since October 29. Lt. Leo Crowe has been handling the chief’s duties as well as his own work since Sullivan was placed on leave. Sgt. Cardonne’s shifts are being filled by other police officers. At the November 29 Finance Committee (FinCom) meeting it was reported that covering the shifts is incurring overtime expenses of roughly $1,000 per week.

The Selectmen have not described the allegations which prompted the investigations, other than to say that those against Cardonne were “serious” and those against Sullivan concerned “the management of the Carlisle Police Department.” In early November Chair John Williams asked the public to have patience during the confidential investigation. He said, “It is a difficult and potentially volatile situation that requires prudence and composure from all parties.”

During October and November the Selectmen consulted with Town Counsel and met in executive session several times. Goddard confirmed that a private investigator was hired to help gather information.

Responding to questions from the FinCom on November 29, Selectman Doug Stevenson assured the committee that the Selectmen intend to resolve the matter soon. The balance of costs, including overtime pay, “severance” and “other related issues” can probably be covered by a transfer from the Reserve Fund at the end of this fiscal year, said Finance Director Larry Barton. ∆

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