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Waltham mayor to request $20k for internal affairs investigation of suspended police chief

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  January 28, 2013 02:01 PM

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Waltham Mayor Jeannette A. McCarthy will tonight ask City Council members to approve setting aside $20,000 to hire an independent consultant to conduct a Waltham Police Department internal affairs investigation regarding suspended police chief Thomas Lacroix.

LaCroix was arrested by Maynard police in June for allegedly assaulting his wife and a female neighbor during two separate violent incidents that month.

McCarthy said in December that LaCroix is still receiving pay after he was placed on administrative leave following the reported incidents.

McCarthy said that the city needs to hire an independent consultant to avoid potential conflicts of interest if the police department investigates LaCroix.

LaCroix is charged with two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for allegedly striking the victims with a bicycle rack and a counter top. He is also charged with two counts of assault and battery, one count of assault, and one count of intimidating a witness, officials said.

LaCroix is under house arrest at night, and can venture outside during the day if he wears a court-mandated GPS bracelet, representatives from the district attorney's office said. He was also ordered to stay away from the alleged victims, they said.

His trial date is currently set for Feb. 13, according to the Middlesex District Attorney's office.

The money that the mayor is requesting tonight would be transferred from the city's free cash account, said city clerk Russ Malone.

Malone said he could not divulge further details about the investigation due to impending litigation.

Meanwhile, city councilors voted unanimously last month to reappoint the city's acting police chief, Keith MacPherson, to continue top law enforcement duties. The reappointment followed the end of his six-month appointment by the mayor.

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