An anonymous letter that was handed to Hanson Selectmen in May included seven allegations against Police Chief Edward Savage.
The Town of Hanson hired a private firm to conduct an investigation into the allegations. The investigative report was released this week and stated Savage inflated crime statistics in order to hide the Hanson Police Department’s declining productivity over the last seven years and then lied to investigators when asked if it was done purposely.
Savage, a 10-year Hanson Police Chief, also asked police officers in the department to do college coursework for him. Though Savage told investigators he was joking with the officers, it was found that he passed in an academic paper that was written by an officer. Savage was taking college classes in order to receive higher pay.
After the investigation concluded in September, Town Administrator Rene Read explains Savage was placed on administrative leave for about a month, “There was some discussion back and forth between the chief’s counsel and the town’s counsel and at the end of the exercise the chief chose to resign prior to moving forward with any disciplinary action.”
Arthur Parker has been with the Hanson Police Department as a temporary police chief for the last two months. “To be able to help them through a tough time is part of the reason I was brought in and that’s what we’re doing. The department’s moving forward, the officers are in the field doing their jobs and their doing it in a positive manner. Things are going well,” says Parker
The investigation also reviewed an allegation that Savage failed to act on a school bullying incident because the parent of the accused student is a local police chief who’s a friend of Savage’s. However the report stated that Savage didn’t influence the outcome of the case.
Hanson Selectmen recently hired a public safety consulting firm to begin the search for a new and permanent police chief.