Nov 19, 2014 9:41 PM

Residents voice concerns over embattled Weare Police Department

WEARE - Around 100 residents attended a public forum to discuss issues involving the Weare Police Department. The town has been without a chief for a month since John Velleca resigned.

Velleca stepped down in October following the request of the Attorney General's Office after it decided not to pursue criminal charges against the former chief.
He was accused of assaulting a co-worker.

Velleca came in as chief just last year when the department was already facing allegations of excessive force and abuse of power.

At Wednesday's forum, residents aired grievances and asked questions. Many took issue with how much money has been spent in the last three years. One selectmen noted, since 2012, taxpayers have paid more than $321,000 in legal fees, settlements, and a search firm used to find interim chiefs.

No decisions were made at the meeting. Many residents said they want to play an active role in the search for the next chief. Some even suggested acting chief Deputy Chief Sean Kelly stay on in a permanent role.


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