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Request For Police Chief Investigation Funds To Be Reviewed Soon

Waltham Police Chief Thomas LaCroix is facing serious charges for allegedly attacking his wife and her friend.

Mayor Jeannette McCarthy’s request for $10,000 for an internal investigation of Waltham Police Chief Thomas LaCroix will be reviewed during the Monday, March 4 Finance Committee meeting.

LaCroix is facing serious charges for allegedly attacking his wife and her friend at his Maynard home in July 2012. LaCroix is currently under house arrest and is on paid administrative leave from the police department.

The City Council has requested McCarthy and Personnel Director Kristin Murphy appear at the meeting, which will be held after the Committee of The Whole meeting at 8 p.m. at City Hall.

The Finance Committee recently rejected a similar request for $20,000 saying such an expenditure was not necessary because LaCroix’s upcoming March 27 trial would reveal the same information an internal investigation would reveal. McCarthy has said the investigation is meant to determine whether LaCroix broke administrative police department rules. The investigation could lead to disciplinary action.

City Councilor Tom Curtin, who chairs the Finance Committee, repeated his earlier concerns over the previous request. 

"Are we spending money that we don't have to?" Curtin said, referring to his concern that the trial could elicit the same information an internal investigation would uncover. 

Based on information provided by McCarthy, Curtin said the mayor should conduct the investigation as she would with any other department head. Curtin said the info the mayor provided to the council only discussed internal investigations of officers and not investigations of a police chief. McCarthy has argued an outside investigator is necessary becuase having the department conduct the investigation of its highest ranking office could pose a conflict of interest. She has also said the department rules require all complaints against officers be investigated. 

If approved, McCarthy has said she would hire a retired state police officer to conduct the investigation, which would include attending the trial and interviewing Maynard and Framingham Police officers involved in the case. 

Fred Muckle February 26, 2013 at 03:54 PM
The dictator trying to get what SHE wants.
SCOWE DAVIDC February 26, 2013 at 10:21 PM
2 out of the 4 sidewalk machines that the City owns are out of service and sitting in the garage because theres no "funding" for the parts to fix them for months now. Obviously theres money sitting somewhere if they can hire an ex-state police officer to sit in on the court proceedings and interview a few cops for 10k. How come those machines cant get fixed?
Matt Carter February 27, 2013 at 03:56 AM
Even worse the city has 6 a couple of years ago but because of lack of funding 2 were scraped.
Matt Carter February 27, 2013 at 03:57 AM
The Day the Mayor funds a new truck for the Water & Sewer Dept of buys a new sidewalk machine is the day she gains my trust.
JJoseph February 27, 2013 at 01:37 PM
The Mayor still on a witch hunt for Tom Lacroix. How sad.
Noto Traffic February 28, 2013 at 05:47 PM
"Witch Hunt" ? - He assaulted someone - He is/was the Chief of Police (or does that title not mean anything?). Thank God you've never been in a domestic violence situation. It's a terrible thing.

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