Handling of police chief probe questioned
During his resignation speech at the regular selectmen’s meeting Wednesday night, Keenan said he had informed the town of his affair and was told the matter would be handled internally, only to encounter a “hostile interrogation” by the town and a third-party investigations group made up of former police officers.
Keenan had been on paid administrative leave since Aug. 28, when an investigation began into an alleged relationship with Student Resource Officer Holly Harris. He had been with the department for nearly 20 years; he was appointed chief in October 2011. His salary was $83,500.
On Wednesday, Town Administrator Scott Dunn said she is at work.
On Thursday, Dunn said Keenan’s approximately 10-minute-long resignation was “full of inaccuracies.”
A third-party company, MRI, was hired by the town attorney to conduct the investigation of the affair between Keenan and Harris, Dunn said, and the investigation was conducted with a high level of professionalism, he said.
Still, Leandro thinks the former chief was not told the complete truth when selectmen allegedly told him the investigation would be handled internally.
Resident Pamela Horvath said she still has questions about whether Keenen should have been forced to leave his job.
During his resignation, Keenan said he and his wife would “move on” from the incident.