Cohasset: Town responds to a public records request in regards to the settlement agreement with Police Chief DeLuca

A copy of the settlement obtained by WATD doesn’t specially name Mark DeLuca, because all names have been redacted, but it does state that the agreement “does not constitute an admission of wrongdoing”.

The Cohasset Police Chief was placed on administrative leave in May and since, the town has confronted allegations against DeLuca which include abusing his position to secure benefits that weren’t entitled to him, physically abusing others, and forging documents.

Cohasset’s Acting Town Manager Mike Milanoski recently said DeLuca’s contract will not be renewed and his last day as a town employee will be January 24th. DeLuca will continue to receive pay and benefits outlined in his contract with the Town of Cohasset until his contract expires next month.

In the settlement, there is a paragraph titled “Waiver of Appeal Rights” which explains that the town won’t face litigation regarding the employment contract and the decision to not renew won’t be challenged.

DeLuca was formerly the police chief in Duxbury. In 2009, Duxbury decided not to renew DeLuca’s contract and earlier this year, Deluca filed a lawsuit against the Town of Duxbury in federal court.

Deputy Chief Bill Quigley has been managing operations within the Cohasset Police Department for the last six months as the Acting Police Chief and will continue to do so until the town makes a permanent decision.

Milanoski told Cohasset Selectmen Tuesday night that he doesn’t plan on making a recommendation about the position until the 2013 fiscal year ends. The next fiscal year begins July 1st, 2013.

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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.