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2 Northampton Police Dept. employees placed on leave

Announcement made during DA’s probe into possible ‘financial improprieties’

NORTHAMPTON — Two Northampton Police Department employees have been placed on leave while an investigation into possible financial improprieties in the department continues.

Police Capt. Scott A. Savino and administrative assistant Maryann C. Keating were placed on paid administrative leave Sept. 20, according to Glenda Stoddard, the city’s human resources director.

In a statement Thursday, Mayor David J. Narkewicz said Police Chief Russell P. Sienkiewicz became aware of possible improprieties related to the payroll records of a Northampton Police Department civilian employee Sept. 9. The chief immediately initiated an internal investigation, according to Narkewicz.

The mayor did not name Savino or Keating or connect them to the police probe.

Narkewicz said that on the afternoon of Sept. 20, Sienkiewicz suspended two employees, placing them on administrative leave with pay while an investigation by detectives in the office of Hampden County District Attorney Mark Mastroianni ensued.

Sienkiewicz has declined to comment on the probe, but in his statement Thursday, Narkewicz said the chief notified the Northwestern district attorney’s office about the matter Sept. 12. The investigation was handed over to the Hampden district attorney’s office to avoid any conflict of interest.

The mayor said he continues to have “full faith and confidence in Chief Sienkiewicz and in the men and women of the Northampton Police Department to protect and serve the residents of our community.”

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