Coh Selectmen vote 3-2 to interview DeLuca

Selectmen voted to hold their final decision on whether their Acting Town Manager, Mike Milanoski, did or did not interfere in a police matter until such time as Suspended Police Chief Mark DeLuca can be interviewed.

Two votes were taken. The first vote was 4-1 in favor of Leland Jenkin’s motion  “exonerating Acting Town Manager Mike Milanoski from these charges.” Newly elected Selectman Martha Gjesteby voted NO loudly. Selectman Koed was on the line, saying he thought DeLuca should have an interview, but would go along with his board, none of which had anything to do with the motion.

Select Chair Paul Carlson thought the 4-1 vote was secure until Gjesteby said she had not heard a second to Jenkin’s motion.  When Carlson tried to find the “second,” he could not and then some discussion ensued. Selectmen Fred Koed and Diane Kennedy both thought it might be best for Police Chief DeLuca to be interviewed, because of “factions in the community,” (that had defeated former selectman Ted Carr at Annual Town Elections 2012).

Kennedy offered a second motion that lauded Milanoski and stipulated that DeLuca be interviewed before the report on the matter closed. The vote was 3-2. Carlson, Kennedy and Koed voted in favor. Gjesteby and Jenkins voted against the motion for different reasons. Gjesteby did not wish to “laud” Milansoki and Jenkins did not wish to give DeLuca a chance to be interviewed.

The final (maybe) meeting on this issue may be Tuesday, June 26.  Selectmen pray that DeLuca and his counsel will be able to meet with the investigators for a final interview early next week. In the meantime, investigations continue over multiple allegations from the police union about DeLuca.

As usual, the best information and advice came from the audience at the Cohasset Selectmen’s meeting last night.

Jim Hussey, who was appointed Acting Police Chief in Cohasset after another police chief incident many years ago, returned to town last night to give Selectmen and their investigator team a lesson.

Hussey, who heads the Bureau of Investigations for the Boston Police Department, told Selectmen and their investigators that this particular investigation was never a criminal investigation and was always an internal affairs investigation.

Select Chair Paul Carlson said that since the “criminal” investigation wasn’t declared criminal until two days after the Acting Town Manager had interacted with members of the police union, that this was much adieu about nothing.

Hussey said not so.  He said the investigation started the very second Milanoski complained about an individual policeman having driven the Humvee to the town elections with a sign asking voters to keep the police station “light” as opposed to dark (unmanned).  There was no question on the annual town meeting ballot regarding the same. But a budget that would darken the police station had passed at Annual Town Meeting.  Cohasset dispatchers will be joining a regional team in Hingham next month. They (not police officers) were the human beings at the police station.

Here’s how it appears to us:

  1. Jim Hussey is correct. Town Counsel’s firm is good at lots of stuff but police investigations are not one of them.  Even Selectman Diane Kennedy questioned why DeLuca was not given a final interview.
  2.  Milanoski had been “toying” with DeLuca’s contract for some time. Maybe he would give it to him after Annual Town Meeting. Did Milanoski “break” DeLuca…. Did Milanoski hold DeLuca’s contract as a carrot for a little too long?
  3. I happened to speak to DeLuca about the additional reports he requested from his police officers regarding the Humvee incident at Annual Town Meeting.  He told me that he was trying to teach his officers about writing a true report.  One officer was writing a report on another officer, who was his friend. DeLuca was trying to teach him: you can’t ignore the issues because he’s your friend. Look at all the things that are involved here. DeLuca was teaching. And then he got suspended with pay, but it looks and sounds like a firing.

NOTED:  Selectman reappointed Conservation Commission Chair David Farrag for a three-year term.


© Copyright 2012 Tanna K, All rights Reserved. Written For: Tinytown Unleashed

  5 comments for “Coh Selectmen vote 3-2 to interview DeLuca

  1. J.Case
    June 25, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Good for you, finally a man of conviction who says the chief did nothing wrong. Good for you. I am very interested to se if you are correct. I hear nothing but great reports on the chief, I’ve worked out with him and I think he is terrific as well.

  2. Mike Coughlin
    June 22, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Justin Case

    As a town manager for communities– close to a dozen years in municipal management– I have worked with seven police chiefs. Prior to that as an Assistant District Attorney I worked with law enforcement on the local, state and federal levels. I don’t think Chief Deluca did anything to justify the actions against him. He is a hard charged and a fighter– he ruffles feathers and leads by example.

    As a Town Manager and prosecutor, I have problems with this investigation. As former Chief Hussey– who used to head Internal Affairs for the Boston Police Department warned the BOS– past investigations by Town Attorney Berry were flawed. He also went on record to express his concerns about the current one regarding Chief Deluca.

    Some years ago– Attorney Berry recommended that two Cohasset Police officers be fired. Luckily just prevailed and the officers were reinstated. One is now a hard working detective while the other I proudly promoted to be Deputy Chief. He is now the Acting Chief.

    If Attorney Berry’s recommendation to fire Officer Bill Quigley was upheld then the town would have lost the services of an outstanding officer who in Chief Deluca’s absence is now heading the department.



  3. J.Case
    June 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    That’s a funny answer and not the answer to my question do you think he did anything wrong. You see to point blame at the town manager guy what’s his name Matt? You seem to blame the process what what about your opinion of things either right or wrong, so I Gus’s I’ll ask again. Do you think the chief did anything wrong?

  4. June 21, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I believe the chief has the right to be investigated by impartial, independent investigators. Town Counsel is not impartial.

  5. J.Case
    June 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Dear Tanya, I’m trying to figure out what is going on. Do you believe the police chief did anything wrong? Justin

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