DRACUT — There will now be a disciplinary hearing for Sgt. Gregg Byam on the administration of the department’s evidence locker, according to Town Manager Jim Duggan.
“We weren’t able to resolve it as a result of the meeting and a hearing will proceed,” said Duggan, in reference to a conference earlier this month of which Byam was the subject.
A date for the hearing has not been set. As for a status update on Deputy Chief David Chartrand’s Nov. 20 hearing, Duggan said that both Town Counsel and Chartrand’s lawyer now need to each provide a brief to hearing officer James P. Hall, that will support their positions.
“He (Hall) felt he wanted the briefs presented to him and, once the final briefs come in, I believe he has 10 days from there (to make a recommendation),” Duggan said.
Chartrand is represented by Andrew Gambaccini, who did not respond Wednesday to a request for comment.
A message left for Sgt. Byam on Wednesday was not immediately returned, but he told The Sun last month that it saddens and disappoints him that the organization and himself are in the position that they’re in.
“We will let the process take its course and I believe that the facts will reveal the truth,” Byam said at the time.
Both Byam and Chartrand have been implicated in the controversy surrounding the agency’s evidence locker and the way in which it has been administered. Former interim Chief Neil Ouellette, in a Jan. 3 letter sent to Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, listed issues he said he found relative to the locker since his arrival on July 26, 2016. The issues range from the non-use for several years of a records management system to the absence of a master list of property and evidence within those areas, as well as Ouellette’s observation that the decades-old evidence/property policy was never followed.
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