Retirement, suspension, departure have Weare police department in upheaval
According to Thomas Clow, selectmen chairman, Begin was elected to serve a three-year term but chose to retire early, and left the department officially May 31.
But Begin's retirement comes at a moment of upheaval in the department. In March, Carney was placed on paid administrative leave. Clow wouldn't say why Carney was placed on leave, stating that it was a personnel issue, but Carney's attorney, Tony Soltani, had a good deal to say about the matter.
Soltani said Carney brought his last round of complaints to selectmen in March, and within days, he was placed on paid administrative leave as an investigation against the lieutenant was launched. By the end of March, Carney had a letter spelling out the complaints against him, said Soltani.
Soltani has asked a judge at Merrimack County Superior Court to force the town of Weare to divulge more information about the allegations against Carney, but no ruling has yet been made. What Soltani said he wants for his client is a fair investigation, an interview with his superior officer with a lawyer present, and the chance for a hearing before an impartial board of selectmen.
Prosecutor Catherine Baumann also resigned recently.
Former Keene Police Chief Art Walker came on board Monday to serve not as acting chief, but to oversee the administrative functions of the department while a search for a new chief can be conducted.
Clow said the board may choose to work with Municipal Resources to find a replacement, or could seek the guidance from Primex, the town's insurance carrier.
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