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Council Committee Considering Request To Investigate Ackley

Councilors say caution needed in examining complaint against New London police chief

Members of the New London Administration Committee said Monday that they were supportive of a , but that they intend to proceed cautiously on the matter.

The request was submitted to the City Council by Todd Lynch, president of the New London Police Union. Lynch asked that an impartial investigator look into e-mails from Ackley to resident Kathleen Mitchell in which Ackley recommended that Mitchell request personnel records on Lynch and a number of other members of the ’s union. Lynch accused Ackley of attempting to intimidate and undermine the union leadership; he has against Ackley making similar allegations.

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Lynch said he made the request to the council because he has not heard updates from a similar request made to Mayor Daryl Finizio and considered that an investigation by the administration could be affected by bias. Councilor John Maynard, chairman of the committee, said he thought a private investigator would be appropriate due to potential biases on the council as well. Maynard said he would like any investigation to be public.

“It’s not like our citizens don’t know what’s going on,” he said. “There’s been rumors going around town for almost the past year on this.”

Councilor Adam Sprecace said he was concerned that Lynch made the request in the midst of pending litigation. He noted how the council had last year when Ackley and said he would like to hear from Ackley before having the full council make a decision on the matter.

“I think there are still a number of questions that surround this request,” he said.

Council President Michael Passero said the council is likely to receive similar requests for investigations into misconduct or the efficiency of departments and that this council’s actions would set a precedent in that regard.

“I think it would probably be worth our while to set up a process on how to do that,” said Passero. “I think we just have to be careful because we have to respect the rights of all the individuals involved.”

Councilor Marie Friess-McSparran suggested that the council can consult with Law Director Jeffrey Londregan and hold hearings on the issue.

“I think it’s important that we don’t sweep this under the rug,” she said. “I think it’s important that we do something about it.”

Councilor Don Macrino also said he thought the request requires additional scrutiny.

“I think with the proper direction from our law director and stepping forward carefully, perhaps some investigation can take place without pushing the city further into debt,” he said.

Maynard said he will consult with Londregan to determine how the committee should proceed with Lynch’s request.

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NewLondonSource September 11, 2012 at 10:55 AM
I was just getting worried that we hadn't seen Ackley's name in the news recently; Sound like Finizio and our Chief's relationship has cooled somewhat. I wonder what comes out of the closet now?
William Desmond September 11, 2012 at 11:12 AM
The council has authority to investigate. That is part of their responsibility as the legislative branch of our municipal government system. Have at it and dig up all the dirt.
Mark Greene September 11, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Well it appears that the honeymoon is over. You would have thought the Mayor would have stepped back and observed the PD for awhile before jumping to conclusions. All the while the PD corruption was in his back pocket. He created this monster....sit back and enjoy the show. It won't be pretty. Just know that there are a lot of policemen out there enjoying the last laugh.
Nicholas Jacobs September 11, 2012 at 12:18 PM
This really has gone on long enough without any fact finding. Things like this distract from the business at hand. The administration has done nothing about much of the turmoil in the city and the city council and associated committees need to do some digging for the facts and resolve these pending distractions once and for all.
Nicholas Jacobs September 11, 2012 at 01:12 PM
The following outlines the authority that the commitee and council have for this investigation per the city charter: Sec. 47. - Investigations of department conduct. The council, the mayor or any person or committee authorized by either of them shall have power to inquire into the conduct of any department or office of the city and to make investigations as to the city affairs, and for that purpose may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths and compel the production of books and papers. The council and or mayor shall designate a police officer to serve such subpoenas. Any person who, being sworn as a witness in any such inquiry or investigation, shall be guilty of wilful false swearing, shall be deemed to have committed the crime of perjury and shall be prosecuted and punished therefor.
Kitty Crow September 11, 2012 at 01:16 PM
John Maynard and the Administrative Commmitte have the authority in fully investigate such issues and SHOULD. If these things were let only to the mayor, the truth would never come out and employees who NEED to be FIRED would not be. Please don't lolligag until nothing is done, AGAIN. Be a committee of action - restore the faith of the citizens who want the truth and their elected officials to DO their jobs. If Allegations are true(I believe you are in possession of said e-mails), and the Chief started lawsuit allegations to help Finzio get elected......CHIEF ACKLEY SHOULD BE FIRED!!! Get er done!!!!!!
Rick Lushay September 11, 2012 at 01:53 PM
The real question is will John Maynard, Adam Sprecace & Marie Mcsparen do what it takes to get to the bottom of this and find all the facts? If they do it will restore some faith in our city government, if not we need to pack up and move away.
Debbie September 11, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Unoin president Lynch is living up to his name while wearing a NLPD uniform desperate for money and/or early retirement. All community/civilian complaints should be investigated quickly. Ask any civilian (public) the lenght of time it took to process, investigate, and finalize a complaint against the NLPD. Years in some cases. Officer Lynch, learn to be more patient towards your supervisor and Chief of Police.
Chip Smith September 11, 2012 at 03:03 PM
So Debbie, you think The Chief of Police should not be held accountable for her actions? Should she have discussed personnel issues via email with a private citizen? Oh that's right, she can do all that because she is a woman and the boys are picking on her. Stop clouding the facts with civilian complaints. It has nothing to do with the matter at hand. If you are unhappy with the PD process why don't you contact your friend the Chief? Doesn't the buck stop with her? Attacking Lynch does not change the fact that she violated the General Duty manual, it just makes you look ridiculous.
Debbie September 11, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Chip, like I said Officer Lynch is out for publicity, drama, financial gain or settlement against taxpayers, early retirement, and preparing his exit from the NLPD.
Chip Smith September 11, 2012 at 03:30 PM
OKKK, but what about Ackley? Should she be discussing employee files with a private citizen? That's what this article is about. Lynch's motives have nothing to do with her violating The General Duty manual.
Rick Lushay September 11, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Chip, give up Debbie is a supporter of the police chief and daryl. She will not answer the question you ask her.
Jeff Brown September 11, 2012 at 05:29 PM
I honestly had thought day 1 when the Mayor took over she would have been cut loose just based on the amount of crime thats occured on her watch. Even if it's not all her fault when you're the big dog you have to be held accountable.
Buddy Lawton September 11, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I agree it is her watch, she has to be called to task.
Kathleen Mitchell September 12, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Debbie, Could you please tell me how you came by the information that "...Officer Lynch is out for publicity, drama, financial gain or settlement against taxpayers, early retirement, and preparing his exit from the NLPD." Perhaps you have your own set of emails leading to your conclusion?
Spencer September 12, 2012 at 02:14 PM
??? If a person within a Police Department are under investigation, is that person not suppose to be on some type of suspension--even if it is a with pay suspension--while the investigation is ongoing???
Alphonse DeLachance September 12, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Unless it is the chief or a friend of the mayor!
Spencer September 12, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Ahh yes...there is that card being played in this game--huh? Okie dokie then--back to the drawing board--I guess!
Mark Greene September 12, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Yup Spencer, it has ALWAYS been do as I say, not as I do. She has hung them out to dry for minor issues, yet in her career nothing was ever enforced when she walked out as the shift commander and left no one in charge.....and the list goes on. The rank and file feel like the situation is now hopeless and are leaving in the droves, with more to come. I'm sure the boy Mayor will finally close the barn door once all of the horses have escaped and then the State will have to take over the PD as well.

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