The Town of Westfield has a no tolerance policy regarding alcohol on Town property......exception......DPW. See related story: http://07090.blogspot.com/2011/01/shaffer-is-one-host-to-have-when-your.html
Should the use of a Town owned vehicle, after the consumption of alcohol, be tolerated? The potential liability puts the taxpayer in a position to fund the Town's defense in the event of a mishap.
After Wayman's misuse of the Town owned BMW was profiled here at The Fact of The Matter, it later went on to the auction block. But the Captain would not be without a vehicle.
Only time will tell if the vehicles to be purchased for the police department are destined for the intended recipients as claimed by Town Administrator Jim Gildea.
A "shell game" of sorts could be in the making. Currently, Westfield Police Chief John Parizeau operates a Town owned late model Dodge Durango. Will the new Durango really be going to the detective bureau, or will Chief Parizeau, who has been contemplating retirement for over a year, claim the vehicle for his own use, positioning himself to be "gifted" the vehicle for a paltry sum upon retirement.as has been done in the past with previous retiring department heads.
Happy Holidays Taxpayers.