A Hummel Report Investigation
Exactly one year ago, our four-month Hummel Report investigation showed a Pawtucket Police major spending work days on the golf course or at home - with built-in overtime that he approved, whether he worked it or not. On Monday, facing a potential demotion, the major retired. The irony: He walked out the door with more than $70,000 of ``unused’’ sick days and vacation time.
Click here to watch our original report, Major No-Show.
Hummel: A year ago this week we told you about a Pawtucket Police major spending his work days on the golf course or at home. On Monday, facing a potential demotion, he decided after 30 years it was time to call it quits, and retired.
Our four-month investigation found that Major Bruce Moreau, who oversees the patrol division, spent days at his house in Lincoln, his parents’ house in Pawtucket, or playing golf on various courses miles from headquarters - when he was supposed to be working.
Since our story first ran many have asked: What is the city doing in reaction to our investigation, after state police determined there was not enough evidence to bring criminal charges against the 30-year veteran of the department?
Mayor Donald Grebien has said repeatedly that state law does not allow him to comment about whether his administration was seeking departmental charges against the major. But The Hummel Report has learned the city was going full steam ahead with a Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights hearing and Moreau faced the potential of being demoted - which would affect his pension - or possibly terminated, depending on the outcome of the hearing.
Pires: ``I think he realized the time had come for him to leave.’’
Public Safety Director Antonio Pires would not elaborate, again citing the officers Bill of Rights. So we asked the question many have asked us periodically over the past year.
Hummel: ``A lot of people have said to me why has it taken so long to get from there to here. What’s been going on the last year?’’
Pires: ``It’s a difficult process. We were originally criticized, folks said he should be suspended and sent home. That’s just against my DNA - I can’t send someone home and have them sit at home while they’re getting paid - the irony of that of course is that what got the individual in trouble in the first place.’’
By leaving now Moreau will soon begin collecting a pension that is 70 percent of his final pay. That translates to $5,750 a month, or $69,00 year.