The investigation into Acting Town Manager Mike Milanoski’s interference with the police department will be further discussed tonight at 8:30 p.m. at the Selectmen’s meeting. Investigators met with Chief DeLuca and his attorney yesterday afternoon. It is expected that suspended Police Chief Mark DeLuca and Atty. Jack Shea will attend tonight’s meeting.
In related news….a commentator on the Cohasset Mariner BLOG, one who is close to the Cohasset Board of Selectmen, perhaps even a member of the Board of Selectmen itself, is now alleging that Chief DeLuca slapped Deputy Chief Quigley. The immediate question is: Did Quigley file assault and battery charges against DeLuca? The answer is No.
So what kind of a slap was it?
The commentator added:, “Quigley et al were keeping a file on DeLuca’s antics. Treanor (Police Sergeant Jeff Treanor ) and the slapping were the last straw. The policemen reacted by filing a long list of charges against DeLuca, some of which are stupid (he stolentoys out of the ‘Toys for Tots’ collection box) and some are serious and criminal. The case will not sit well with the citizens of this Town.”
It would be interesting to learn who put Quigley et al in charge of investigating the police chief. Would that be Milanoski’s private investigation? Is that what DeLuca meant when he said Milanoski was interfering with his deparment?
Last Tuesday we learned that LT. Police Officer Lennon is also assisting the private
investigator – but now he is also (allegedly) an eyewitness to The Slap.
Concurrently, Deputy Chief Quigley is both an eyewitness to The Slapp, a victim of The
Slap and he was keeping a file on his chief… for Milanoski?
Selectmen could do the right thing here. Halt the investigation. Put Milanoski and the Chief on notice saying that they did not appreciate the way either man handled himself – and get on with summer.
If ever there was an investigation that should not go forward, it is this one.
Selectmen should act like the Town Fathers they were elected to be. Everything does not need to end in a $57,000 hearing.