RUTLAND-Rutland City government is reeling after recent allegations were made against its police chief for violating the city force's internal policy rules. After comments made by David Allaire, City of Rutland Board of Alderman president, last night's anticipated police commission meeting started with commission Chairman Robert Ebbinghauser, stating that Rutland's police chief did nothing wrong.
During the course of the tense meeting March 8, Alderwoman Sharon Davis referenced the City of Rutland Police Department Manual.
City policy states that when an internal investigation is started, he must immediately notify the Police Commission Chairperson of the the investigation-that did not happen. The police chief was also supposed to notify and forward all documents to the city attorney-that did not happen.
Davis went on to allege the chief violated his oath of office, by violating the public trust and a symbol of public faith. She said, "I think policy was violated according to the police policy."
Alderman Dress continued with that thought and asserted leadership is lacking. He went on to say that "perception is reality".
Alderman Robinson pointed to the morale surveys and how they pointed towards the mistrust the officers had with the City of Rutland Police Administration. Robinson also had a slip of the tongue when he stated, "We now have two sergeants involved..."; at this point he refrained from continuing his statements. This would make one believe the identity of the other incident of Internet usage violation could be a Sergeant within the police department.
Alderman Notte responded to a mention of they are Monday morning quarterbacking, "Monday morning quarterbacking is essential to managing the police department."
Scrutinizing the chief's actions, decisions and questioning them are part of managing the police department.
The board heard public comments and went into executive session. No motion was made during that executive session.
The police commission is expected to meet again in the next few weeks and file a report to the Rutland Board of Alderman.
-This report filed by Shawn Pemrick