Reading Select Board to Hold First Meeting After Allegations Against Police Chief Revealed
Apr 15, 2019 07:17AM
● By Dan Marra
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READING – The Reading Select Board will be meeting Tuesday night as part of its regularly scheduled session, but it is unclear as to whether the Board will discuss Police Chief Mark Segalla.
Segalla was placed on administrative leave on Dec. 22 and Town Manager Robert LeLacheur informed the town and the board of his decision on Dec. 24.
It was announced on Thursday, April 11, that Segalla was placed on leave for an alleged domestic violence incident, while he was off duty, according to LeLacheur. The announcement comes after the charges against Segalla have become public.
According to Select Board chair, Andy Friedmann, the board does not have a statement regarding the allegations against Segalla. Additionally, Friedmann said that the agenda is set for Tuesday’s Select Board meeting and it does not include an item to discuss the Police Chief. However, the topic could be brought up during the Town Manager’s report, according to Friedman.
As for the handling of the situation, Friedman directed North Suburban News to the town’s bylaws, which states that the Town Manager can appoint and remove the police chief and that it is the town manager’s role to supervise and be responsible for all officers appointed by the town manager.
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.
“I am very proud of how the Reading Police department has responded in recent months under very challenging circumstances,” LeLacheur wrote in a statement.
He went on to write that “it is also important that the community hear very loudly and clearly from me as a representative of every Town of Reading employee: we all condemn domestic violence, in any form. The women and men of our public safety and human/elder services departments in particular confront complex local family issues on a daily basis, and too often domestic violence has played a role.”
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