Cohasset Police Chief Mark DeLuca has been on paid administrative leave, after allegations of corruption and abuse of power were brought against him.
Acting Town Manager Michael Milanoski cited some of those allegations and said, “These allegations include, but are not limited to, using your position as police chief to secure benefits to which you and others were not entitled to, forging important documents, physical abuse and abusing your authority during an internal affairs investigation”.
Selectman Chair Paul Carlson read Chief DeLuca’s correspondence to the board, in which the chief alleged that Milanoski attempted extortion by telling Police Union President Patrick Reardon that no disciplinary action would be taken against a police sergeant for his unauthorized use of a police vehicle, if he forfeited his overtime pay.
Carslon read DeLuca’s statement which said, “It was reported to me that you, (Milanoski) phoned Officer Reardon and during your conversation, you spoke of the incident involving Sergeant Traynor’s alleged misconduct: an unauthorized use of a Cohasset Police Department vehicle, an incident that you reported to me. You requested that Officer Reardon convey a message to Sergeant Traynor, that if he was willing to forfeit/refund his overtime pay for the day in question, the misconduct allegations would be dismissed, which are currently the subject of an active, internal police investigation”.
An investigation is being conducted by Town Counsel against Chief DeLuca, with the Town Manager having the final say in the matter.
Former Lawrence Police Chief Bob Hayden said there’s a personality conflict between Milanoski , DeLuca and the police union.
“Chief DeLuca came out against what the town manager would have liked and spoke against the ‘dark station’, where there’s no man in the police station from midnight on, which is very unpopular. He’s also very close to the former town manager. If the union feels he was rude to them or loud or whatever – I mean, there’s a confrontational nature between a chief and a union to begin with and they might have to man up; you know, grow some”!