Cohasset Selectmen met Monday night and heard the results of an investigation into allegations by the town’s embattled police chief, that the town manager interfered with an ongoing internal police investigation.
The town counsel investigation has determined that Cohasset Acting Town Manager Mike Milanoski did not interfere with an internal affairs investigation, as charged by suspended Police Chief Mark Deluca.
Investigating Attorney Peter Berry summed up the report and said, “The chief did not order Lieutenant Lennon to begin the investigation until Wednesday, some five days after the incident, which was on Saturday. That, in my view, was the initiation of the investigation, which was after Monday, when Mr. Milanoski had contacted the union president”.
Deluca was not interviewed for the investigation.
Selectman Fred Koed brought up the issue with Selectmen Chair Paul Carlson and said, “I don’t personally look forward to listening to this for another, that we didn’t give him (Deluca) a chance to talk to the investigators”.
“My feeling is that he had a chance to write a very thorough report, which he did, which outlined everything he had to say”, Carlson said.
“I understand that, but I frankly am getting a little bit tired of all the sniping that goes on. To me, just to eliminate this, I think we’d all rest more comfortably”, Koed explained.
However, selectmen still voted 3 to 2, in favor of supporting Milanoski.
Selectmen have also set aside one more week for Deluca to be interviewed, before rendering a final decision on the investigation.