MA Chief Fired for Allegedly Tampering with Evidence in Misconduct Investigation

According to Theken, Campanello erased the memory of his city-issued phone and suggested someone else in the department stole the phone and tampered with it. City officials later recovered more than 600 deleted texts between Campanello and one of the women.

A police chief in Massachusetts — who earned a White House honor for compassionate criminal justice last year — was fired Monday for showing a “lack of integrity” during an investigation into alleged misconduct with women.

Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken announced the ouster of Police Chief Leonard Campanello less than a month after putting him on paid leave without explanation.

“I’ve lost confidence in Chief Leonard Campanello as a result of his actions,” Theken said at a press conference Monday.

The mayor said Campanello got axed not for the allegations, but for how he responded to them, the New York Daily News reports.

According to Theken, Campanello erased the memory of his city-issued phone and suggested someone else in the department stole the phone and tampered with it. City officials later recovered more than 600 deleted texts between Campanello and one of the women.

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