And it sheds light on behaviors and internal politics in the department that apparently are contributing to an adversarial atmosphere.
The report finds fault with one of the accusers, Sergeant Gregory Fawkes, who was also union president, and drafted the complaint given to Petrin.
Doocey concluded that Fawkes “concocted a serious criminal allegation” against Rohmer when he alleged that the chief had committed an assault and battery on a civilian in Framingham, and used his position to evade responsibility when Framingham police responded.
Doocey interviewed the person allegedly assaulted and Framingham police before concluding the allegation was false.
Fawkes, who was dismissed from the force and is appealing the decision via arbitration, said he told Doocey that he had put information from all union members in the complaint, and so couldn’t vouch for all of it personally.
“I told him that some of it could be rumors,” said Fawkes.
The Globe could not confirm the town’s reasons for dismissing Fawkes. The officer said although the official reason was tied to a civilian complaint, he believes he was fired in retaliation for complaining about the chief and his friends.
Central to the Norfolk Superior Court lawsuit is the friendship between Rohmer and Pomponio.
MacQuarrie filed a complaint with the town in 2011 against Pomponio, who had previously served on the Milford Police Department. Milford’s chief revoked Pomponio’s license to carry a firearm, a decision upheld by Milford District Court, according to the lawsuit. (Police officers do not need such licenses to carry firearms for their job, only for personal use.)
Rohmer reissued Pomponio’s gun license, according to the lawsuit, and failed to discipline Pomponio after he allegedly discharged a firearm in the police station.
Although the Doocey report was redacted by the town to remove some names before it was released to the Globe, it does indicate that someone was disciplined for accidentally discharging a firearm in the police station.
Leonard Kesten represents the town and one other defendant, Lieutenant David Beaudoin, who is the subject of the Norfolk Superior Court case and one of the two MCAD complaints. Beaudoin denies all charges, he said.
Kesten said the town has conducted several investigations to try to address the problems.
“It’s unfortunate that these officers, who have worked together and known each other for a long time, that it has reached this stage,” he said. “The town has been acting, they have spent a great deal of effort investigating these things, to try to get this department to function.”
Only one of the town’s five selectmen returned calls from the Globe requesting a comment. Selectman Joseph Magnani said he couldn’t discuss the situation because he also works in the Police Department as a provisional sergeant.
A lifelong resident of the town, Rohmer, who has been chief since 2007, has been in negotiations to renew his contract, which expires in June.