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Newton and head of police union resolve dispute over one-day suspension

Posted by Deidre Fernandes  October 5, 2012 05:47 PM

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The City of Newton and the head of its police union have resolved a months-long conflict over a one-day suspension related to sharing of confidential information.

Newton agreed earlier this week to drop its discipline procedures against John Daly, head of the Newton Police Association, and restore his pay for the suspension. And Daly agreed to abandon his complaint to the state Department of Labor.

“It is good to move on and I look forward to working with City and Department leaders to move the department forward,” Daly said in an e-mail.

Daly was disciplined last spring after he shared information about another police employee with the union’s lawyer. That employee was involved in a dispute between then-Chief Matthew Cummings and his former secretary.

The former secretary, Jeanne Sweeney Mooney, is charged with one count of larceny. Mooney has pleaded not guilty and said that she was set up by Cummings and other workers in the chief’s office.

Mayor Setti Warren removed Cummings in late August after a report indicated that he had made inappropriate comments to some female employees, including Mooney. Cummings’s public discipline hearing is scheduled for next week.

Daly credited interim Chief Howard Mintz for helping resolve his case with the city.
City Solicitor Donnalyn Kahn said she agreed with the sentiments expressed by Daly in the e-mail.

“It is good to get past the issue, it is fair to both sides and allows us to move on to work on other issue,” Daly said.


Reach Deirdre Fernandes at deirdre.fernandes@globe.com

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