SEEKONK, Mass. (WPRI) — Seekonk Police Chief Frank John has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a town investigation, according to sources with direct knowledge of the situation.
John was sworn in as chief in September after more than 30 years on the job. He earns an annual salary of $140,000.
Pressed about the situation in an interview with Eyewitness News on Thursday, Seekonk Town Administrator Shawn Cadime said he would not comment on the topic because it is a personnel matter.
“Sometimes personnel matters affect more than just one person, so we try to keep the utmost confidentiality and sensitivity of those items under wraps,” Cadime said. “There’s also state law and federal law that also require us to keep some of that information private.”
Cadime would not say if any additional police department employees were impacted in this case.
On Thursday, Eyewitness News was told John was not at the police department and Deputy Chief David Enos was at the helm. Cadime said residents can “rest assured” that public safety will not be jeopardized.
“There’s nothing that’s changed,” he said. “We still have the same number of patrols taking place, we still have the same officers in charge for those patrols, we still have the same number of detectives. We have a great group of individuals that are running the day-to-day operation of the police department.”
Cadime said he believes the residents of his town have a right to know what’s happening “at a certain time,” saying he’d release more information on a personnel matter if it resulted in termination.
“If there’s any criminal activity, that obviously gets forwarded over to the [District Attorney’s office],” he said. “We’re nowhere near that.”
The Massachusetts Fraternal Order of Police declined to comment on the matter. Reached by phone Thursday, the executive director of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association said they had no involvement with the Town of Seekonk.
A call and email to Frank John’s attorney were not immediately returned.