Tinytown Unleashed has learned that the 11 so-called charges against suspended Cohasset Police Chief Mark DeLuca were allegedly cooked up by Acting Town Manager Mike Milanoski and Deputy Chief William Quigley during an early morning phone call – mere hours before the chief was suspended.
If Selectman Chair Paul Carlson thinks he’s going to win re-election to the board with the Boy Town Manager doing stuff like this – he’s very sadly mistaken.
There will be a hearing. The charges against DeLuca will embarrass town officials to high heaven. Carlson and his stubborn, almighty board (four of them, anyway) will vote to fire the chief, nonetheless. And then there will be a civil lawsuit that Chief DeLuca will win. And we will all pay, again. And again. And again. Maybe it’s not the legal budget we can’t afford, maybe it’s the selectmen.
There’s another lawsuit on the way, the one about to be filed by former town manager Mike Coughlin. This one will generate additional legal bills for a town that is very tired of legal bills and the selectmen who manufacture them like so many cookies.
I should be happy of course, because all of this chaos is perfectly timed for spring 2013 annual town elections and serves my personal efforts to elect two more grownups to the board that will result in a majority and maybe we can start moving this town into a better place.
If Milanosoki were smart he would nip this police chief thing in the bud, now, because when this goes to a hearing, Town Counsel, Milanoski and the Selectmen are going to be discovered to be involved in their favorite pastime: character assassination. And more and more people are going to agree with me that this acting town manager and his selectmen majority leave much to be desired and truly should be relieved of their duties.
Here are a few of the “charges” Milanoski is bringing forward (according to my numerous sources)
- DeLuca asked an off-duty policeman if he would drive some cancer drugs to Logan Airport for an individual who was an honorary special police officer. The off-duty police officer could have said no. The canine vehicle was used. Using the vehicle may not have been kosher, but it’s hardly a material charge, and not a suspendable offense, particularly when the town manager (you remember Mike Coughlin, fired in early spring) had given DeLuca permission to do the same.
- Another Coughlin-related incident. This time - Sarah Coughlin. Mike Coughlin’s daughter. Bright girl, studying to become a lawyer like her dad. She was briefly involved in an unpaid internship with the Cohasset Police Department to study juvenile justice. Milanoski thinks that was against the law. Huh? Unpaid internships are given out freely in all police departments in all towns to attorneys in training. DeLuca should be fired for this?
- The former charge of “forgery” has now been downgraded. DeLuca’s attorney is unable to get a copy of the forged letter. We’ll just have to wait and see.
- Stealing toys from children. Does anyone really think Mark DeLuca, who volunteered his time at NY’s 9/11 digging out police and firemen, would steal Christmas toys? Even I know this should not be one of the charges. When she writes about it, Johanna Seltz at the Globe will lead her article with the Christmas toy charge.
- The other 7 “charges” are just as nuts.
DeLuca and his attorney are scheduled to meet with the Town Investigator Thursday.
If Selectmen don’t nip this in the bud, they should be nipped in the bud. Alas, another year we don’t have recall.
Selectman Martha Gjesteby didn’t win former selectman Ted Carr’s seat because it was a hot summer day and the young fathers and mothers were frolicking on the beach with their children. Hardly. Those young couples couldn’t bring themselves to go to the polls for Ted Carr who in over 6 years had led the Town into an abyss.
© Copyright 2012 Tanna K, All rights Reserved. Written For: Tinytown Unleashed