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Reading Officials Stay Quiet on Police Chief

Dec 31, 2018 08:41AM ● By Dan Marra

READING – After placing Police Chief Mark Segalla on administrative leave on Saturday, Dec. 22, Reading officials have released no additional information explaining the town’s reasoning. The decision to place Segalla on leave was made by Town Manager Robert LeLacheur. He informed the Select Board of his decision in a letter dated Dec. 24.

When North Suburban News asked town officials about the reasoning for the chief’s placement on leave, citing transparency concerns – specifically whether or not it is a paid leave, if Segalla is under any type of investigation or how long the leave is expected to last – the town had no additional comment.

“The Town is not able to answer any further questions or provide additional comment at this time,” said Assistant Town Manager, Matthew Kraunelis.

Select Board member, Vanessa Alvarado said, "The Town Manager is responsible for handling all municipal staff matters and I support his decisions." 

According to his LinkedIn profile, Segalla has worked for the Reading Police Department since 1996 when he started as a patrol officer. He was named Deputy Police Chief in April 2014 and was appointed chief of police in December 2015, serving in that role until Saturday, Dec. 22 when he was placed on administrative leave.

This is not the first incident the Reading police department has had to deal with this year. Last February, a Reading police officer shot and killed a suspect who was wanted for assault. According to the district attorney’s office, their investigation into the officer-involved shooting is not yet complete.

“The investigation into the officer-involved shooting is ongoing.  We do not have any comment on the Chief, he was placed on leave by the Town,” said a spokesperson for the district attorney’s office.

At this point, it is unclear when or if the town will release additional information on why Segalla was placed on leave.

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