Cohasset selectmen rendered a final decision Tuesday night, regarding allegations by the town’s suspended police chief, that the acting town manager interfered with an internal police investigation.
Investigators finally interviewed suspended Police Chief Mark Deluca about his allegations against Acting Town Manager Michael Milanoski.
Selectmen voted 4 to 1 to exonerate Milanoski, having agreed with investigators that he did not interfere with an internal police investigation.
The investigator that interviewed Deluca drew his conclusion about a conversation between Milanoski and Police Union President Patrick Reardon, that occurred a few days after an incident where an officer was admonished for using a police vehicle to display a union banner supporting a 24/7 police station, during his detail at the polls on election day.
“I concur with Investigator Sjoberg’s findings, concerning whether or not Town Manager Milanoski interfered with an internal police investigation.
Chief Deluca, in his mind, believed that Milanoski was aware of an ongoing internal investigation and believed the he was attempting to impede his investigation. When Deputy Quigley informed the chief that Milanoski mentioned something about the chief not needing to know about the conversation, the chief admitted being angered by that comment. The chief came to a rush to judgment, solely on the word of a third party witness, Deputy Quigley. If Chief Deluca would have spoken to either Reardon or Milanoski directly, this incident could have been avoided”, the investigator said.
Police Chief Deluca was not present at the meeting.
Both the State Attorney General and State Ethics Commission have determined that no further investigation is needed.