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Oct 3, 2016 5:13 PM

New England police chief prominent in heroin addiction debate fired

The Associated Press

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts police chief honored by the White House for his work battling heroin addiction has been fired after officials say he misled investigators looking into allegations of improper behavior with at least two women.

Read: New England police chief recently honored by White House placed on leave

Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken said Monday she's lost confidence in Chief Leonard Campanello.

She says Campanello destroyed cellphone evidence and took other steps to deceive investigators.

Campanello's lawyers called the investigation a "witch hunt" and the firing unjustified.

Campanello was placed on administrative leave last month. The mayor launched probes into the police department, Campanello and another officer.

READ: Probe into New England police department and its prominent chief deepens

Romeo Theken says the city's pioneering ANGEL program will continue without Campanello.

Campanello gained national recognition last year for launching the program, which helps connect heroin addicts with drug treatment. It's been replicated across the country.

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