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UPDATED: Mayor In "Constant Contact" With Bunnell, Meeting Set For Monday

Major Crimes investigation report issued on Lt. Leonard Bunnell.

UPDATE: Thursday, June 28 at 12:20 p.m.: Mayor McDaniel said the town is meeting with Bunnell Monday.

"We've been in constant contact. Yes, we had a meeting set. We'll see how that moves forward," McDaniel said. 

UPDATE at 2:26 p.m.: CSP spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said he doesn't know if any charges will be filed as a result of investigation findings; he has yet to review the report. Montville Patch filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the investigation report and as soon as we get that information, we'll update the story. 

ORIGINAL STORY:

A state police investigation of Monvtille Police Lt. Leonard G. Bunnell has concluded and a report was issued to Mayor Ronald McDaniel, but the town’s top cop has declined to comment pending discussions “with our legal counsel.”

“I’m very, very carefully (proceeding) here with personnel matters…they’re (personnel) entitled to that,” McDaniel said. He said he has been given the internal affairs investigation “report” by the Eastern Major Crime Unit and is “trying to reach”  lawyers for the town “now, but they are out of town.”

Major Crimes Commanding Officer Lt. John S. Eckersley declined to comment on the investigation conclusion calling it “inappropriate.” He deferred comment to McDaniel and the CSP public information officer, but said to “start with” McDaniel.  

Bunnell, who was not placed on leave during the probe, could not be reached for comment.

A call to Town Attorney Eileen Duggan was not immediately returned.

in connection with the alleged improper use of the state police background-information database. According to an early April letter from Lt. John S. Eckersley, major crimes commanding officer, Bunnell was accused of not following proper procedures  for requesting criminal background checks on 38 occasions, between October of 2011 and January of 2012.

Troop E commanding officer Lt. Samuel R. Izzarelli lodged the complaint against Bunnell after getting a report by a system auditor. The Connecticut On-Line Law Enforcement Communications Teleprocessing (COLLECT) System lets users find information that the state has about people, and find motor vehicle and criminal history data on the national and international level. The auditor said she was informed by Montville Police Officer Robin Salvatore that “she had reviewed the log and discovered misuse by Lt. Leonard Bunnell.” 

One of the allegations was that Bunnell documented a criminal history request by a town employee even though Bunnell was told he was not allowed to “give criminal history information for Town Hall and City Hall requests during his recent re-certification class in August.” 

Check Patch for updates. 

Carol Geiler June 29, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I certainly doubt if Lt. Bunnell is guilty of the charges against him. I have found him to be respectful, fair and professional. That being said, it is unfair to compare his situation with Mr.McNally's. Obviously the Mayor, based on the information provided to him, felt it was NOT necessary to place the Lt. on administrative leave. I am not saying Mr. McNally is or is not deserving of his situation but the Mayor must act on the information provided to him. Mayor McDaniel has been given the authority to act in the best interest of the town. I believe that is exactly what he is doing. He is not being swayed by popular gossip. To me, that shows true leadership and professionalism. Lt. Bunnell has earned the respect he deserves. Please don't attack Lt. Bunnell's outstanding character and professionalism just because you don't like the Mayor or you do like Mr. McNally. I can guarantee you Lt. Bunnell would never treat any of you that way.
Mr. P June 29, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Carol, I agreed that the Lt. Has done a great job however I have to disagree about saying the same for our mayor. Whether the charges brought against both employees are true or not they should be treated equally. If you place one on leave pending the investigation you should do the same for the other. In this case the multiple charges against the Lt. Would demand paid leave as they both affect his ability to lead the department and his ability to do day to day police work.
J. Lincoln June 30, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Ms. Geiler and Mr. P. You both are in all likelihood correct. I do believe that Lt. Bunnell has probably been found to violate either statutory requirements and as stated earlier is loosing ground with both the PD and citizens of town. It has been a concern to me that the manner in which McDaniel handled both cases. He did go against the town charter when he involved the council showing ignorance of the charters requirements regarding MvNally. The members of the council should have told the Mayor he has the total say on both employees and not get involved at all. The State Police's Eastern District Major Crimes Unit investigated the charges levied against Bunnell and have given the report to the Mayor to act on. From all indications it does not favor Lt. Bunnell and we shall find out soon enough. If so it leaves the Mayor with a very tough decision. Monday should be an interesting day. Lets hope this two situations can be put to appropriate conclusions.
Sandy July 06, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Well said Carol :)
jjmjr October 06, 2012 at 12:12 PM
i think everyone that was the subject of the inapropriate backround checks should sue everyone involved, this will bring out the truth of who ordered it and why.

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