Some cops, officials call Capt. Tasca's firing excessive action...

City officials raised questions and concerns about the investigation and firing of Capt. Full Story
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T_Geer

United States

#1 Jan 10, 2010
I think it's time that Lisa Wong and Jody joseph, and anyone else who supported this go!I truely hope come election time the voters wake up and see that these two are useless to the city of Fitchburg.$10,000 is alot of money to find out Tasca used accrued time.there should term limits on the positions of Mayor,and city councilor.Wake up Fitchburg before Lisa Wong,nd Jody Joseph run this city into the Ground!!!!
T_Geer

United States

#2 Jan 10, 2010
I would like to know where the $10,000 for this investigation came from?? First they try to get Tasca and/or Kearns to retire to SAVE money, then go spend more money just find out Tasca took time off.Lisa Wong and Jody Joseph are Turning Fitchburg into a joke. Morale is low,crime is high and the Mayor is wasting tax payers money( when there isn't any) trying to fire a man who gave 42 yrs to protect the city...WOW!
CONCERNED TAXPAYER

Exeter, NH

#3 Jan 10, 2010
While your all checking the legal money spent on the police affairs, check out the school dept's legal affairs. You will be in "shock." The only people who are getting rich in the "burg" are the lawyers and they never win their cases.Just think, over one million dollars to settle the south street principals case that is in process since august. Alot of lawyer fees.......
Linda

Leominster, MA

#4 Jan 10, 2010
get rid of ALL the crooked cops
city

Boston, MA

#5 Jan 10, 2010
Obviously Wong doesn't have much faith in DeMoura to do an internal investigation so she had to go outside the dept. and hire someone who did a shoddy job in the end. This was a waste of taxpayers money. I find it very scary that she can just fire someone at the blink of an eye. Capt. Tasca did not hide anything or have any deception in his actions. I hope the councilors ask a lot of questions.
Bills Cat

AOL

#6 Jan 10, 2010
Sure, lets fire a lifetime cop, a guy who knows everybody and everything about the FPD, and replace him with Hops Sing or One Hung Low for half the price. Time to can this idiot mayor.
leave

United States

#7 Jan 10, 2010
again all i can say is we need to get wong and demoura both out of this city. when anyone as myself has to deal with cancer; young old enough it doesn't matter unless you have been through watching a love one such as myself die from it and watch them fade away before your eyes then you people have no clue about feelings/cancer and a loved one! if this wasn't the case then demoura should be held accountable for being a two timing deceitful man, along with his counter part Wong. Ididn't vote for her the first time, the second time and hopefully for our city there will not be a third. People wake up; she is ruining the morales of the FPD and the crime is up we need to stop both of them wong and demoura NOW ! you think there is problems now wait till the winter is over and spring arrives! you will all feel different because as the say let the party begin! we will have no peace in this city.
City guy

AOL

#8 Jan 10, 2010
Bills Cat wrote:
Sure, lets fire a lifetime cop, a guy who knows everybody and everything about the FPD, and replace him with Hops Sing or One Hung Low for half the price. Time to can this idiot mayor.
In my opinion this "lifetime cop" as done everything in his power th derail the PD for at least the past 10 years. If you doubt what I say ask anyone there except Chuckie, Linda, Tommy, Mark, Paul, and a couple other of his followers what they think.
Fitchburg Resident

Brockton, MA

#9 Jan 10, 2010
This is just the tip of the iceberg and the beginning of the cleanup.$10,000 is peanuts compared to what the ciry will save getting rid of those abusing the system. If you can't trust the police who can you trust to conduct the investigation?
Looks bad for him

AOL

#10 Jan 10, 2010
There was testimony at the hearing about marijuana that Tasca admitted to stealing from the police department years ago, does anyone have the particulars on this? It was said the he admitted to this in writing.
fitchurg 1

Fitchburg, MA

#11 Jan 10, 2010
The mayor had to hire someone from the outside because internal affairs investigation's do not work. There are too many people involved emotionally connected. My guess would be that the Caption mentioned he needed time to take his daughter and the Chief responded by saying take some comp time. He may have no dad no idea how much time was needed. More importantly, when the hours added up the caption should have unpaid time, vacation time, or a leave of absence . Unfortunately, the caption seemed to forget tax payers pay his salary, and although we feel his pain, we are not willing to pay for his misfortunes.
Internal controls

Lancaster, MA

#12 Jan 10, 2010
Where are the internal controls in this situation? Why did the City pay for something that they are now saying was illegal? Who is overseeing the payroll? Shouldn't this discussion have taken place before the check was written?
It seems like this went on for a while before it was questioned. The oversight and approvals of the payroll sounds like the real question here.

Here again is an issue with internal controls in Fitchburg's financial dept.
First Leominster Resident

Leominster, MA

#13 Jan 10, 2010
I applaud Wong and the Police Chief for finally taking control of the FPD. So many in the FPD use there power excessively. I'm sure much more will come out. Do you really think he would have been fired for a misunderstanding of use for comp time? Come on people think about it. Who's next on the list????
Randy

Eau Claire, WI

#14 Jan 10, 2010
As to $10,000, let's get a true sense of the cost. Does that figure include all costs related the witchhunt aka investigation?$10,000 seems low to me.

Than again, if Wong can low-ball the figure perhaps the outrage of taxpayers won't be so LOUD.
Randy

Eau Claire, WI

#15 Jan 10, 2010
This sounds like what happen to me. It is a case of DH passing the buck.
fitchurg 1 wrote:
The mayor had to hire someone from the outside because internal affairs investigation's do not work. There are too many people involved emotionally connected. My guess would be that the Caption mentioned he needed time to take his daughter and the Chief responded by saying take some comp time. He may have no dad no idea how much time was needed. More importantly, when the hours added up the caption should have unpaid time, vacation time, or a leave of absence . Unfortunately, the caption seemed to forget tax payers pay his salary, and although we feel his pain, we are not willing to pay for his misfortunes.
In need of new councilors

Belmont, MA

#16 Jan 10, 2010
Do these council members put on their drool cups and ear muff before hearings at city hall????????

Rosemary do you have any clue in what has been transpiring at the FPD?? Have you been sleeping all these years?? Do you even live in Fitchburg?

Councilor-at-large Rosemary Reynolds said she was "horrified" that time and money was spent on investigating Tasca for using the comp time.
Rosemary you are one of the ones whom allowed this to get to this point! The people of Fitchburg now have heard from our reps;

Councilor-at-large Marcus DiNatale

Councilor-at-large Thomas Conry said whether or not Tasca did anything wrong, he feels empathy for his need for time off to care for his daughter.

"I think this just throws a dark shadow over the entire Police Department, which is wrong," said Conry.

Conry you need to resign and bring rosemary with you!!!! I don't even know how to respond to your foolish remarks!!!
wanda

White Horse Beach, MA

#17 Jan 10, 2010
yea the mayor had to hire someone from the outside because here they cover for one another, they cannot tell on each other, they take an oath but are the first ones to break it. theres other issues going on in fitchburg and theres no money come on bunch of crookes come clean done deal.
RACIST

Belmont, MA

#18 Jan 10, 2010
Bills Cat wrote:
Sure, lets fire a lifetime cop, a guy who knows everybody and everything about the FPD, and replace him with Hops Sing or One Hung Low for half the price. Time to can this idiot mayor.
YOU ARE A RACIST PUKE!!!! YOU ARE MOST LIKELY A COP!!! WHAT DO YOU THINK "SWEET ROSEMARY". Would you have this guy over for some of your homemade pumpkin pie??????????
RACIST

Belmont, MA

#19 Jan 10, 2010
Internal controls wrote:
Where are the internal controls in this situation? Why did the City pay for something that they are now saying was illegal? Who is overseeing the payroll? Shouldn't this discussion have taken place before the check was written?
It seems like this went on for a while before it was questioned. The oversight and approvals of the payroll sounds like the real question here.
Here again is an issue with internal controls in Fitchburg's financial dept.
Tasca has admitted numerous times to illegally using these weeks he took off and converting them into CASH! As Tasca has sttaed they have done this for years! He also states that the administration have all done this!

Tasca stated at the hearing these were weeks that he had in "the memory of his mind".
Conry and rosemary leave!!!!!!
Councilmen Conry

Belmont, MA

#20 Jan 10, 2010
How old are you? Do you live in Fitchburg? Do you ever go outside? Do you have brain damage?

If you don't have brain damage; why don't you resign. When is the election for your seat?? Time to see your logic their way out the door!

Tasca had 2000 hrs accrued comp time "on the books". His pay totals $130,000 a year with many weeks off per year!

You sat there and heard Tasca state "I collected this time in the memory of my mind"? If you state you heard this you need to resign!!!

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