Westfield Town Administrator Jim Gildea has had much to do with where these complaints ultimately end up, either settled amicably or litigated through the judicial process costing taxpayer money to defend the town's often no win position.
The town has spent hundreds of thousands, if not over a million dollars of taxpayer money to defend against, or settle, alleged claims of harassment, unfair labor practices, freedom of speech violations, and wistleblower policy violations within the police department alone.
|John M. Parizeau|
The last three police chiefs, Bernard Tracy, John Parizeau, and current police chief David Wayman have all been recommended to the Westfield Town Council, by Town Administrator Jim Gildea, to become police chief. Gildea's last recommendation, David Wayman, may hopefully prove the old saying to be true in the case, "Three strikes, you're out."
A police chief's character and leadership qualities, or lack thereof, contribute to the overall morale within any police department. The last three police chief appointments have been questioned by the rank and file repeatedly but only Jim Gildea has the answers, some of which have been flushed down the proverbial toilet, or selectively forgotten and/or physically destroyed. Perhaps stolen from the Town archives Ms Gray?
Town officials have attempted to squash, stall, but not yet settle a current claim brought by one of its most respected employees within the police department. True to form, town lawyers have been paid to defend the Town's unenviable position regardless of the fact that it, no doubt, has an indication they will lose in court. The evidence and witnesses against the Town appear to be the straw that will break the camel's back once again. It will come as no surprise that the alleged altering or destruction of evidence by one or more town officials will unravel the Town's defense.
TFoTM asks the members of the Westfield Town Council........... ..........1. "How much of what is going on in the police department are you aware of?"
2. "How much of what is going on in the police department does Jim Gildea, Police Chief Dave Wayman, or Mayor Andy Skibitsky want to tell you?
TO BE CONTINUED................................................