AYER — Selectman Frank Maxant used the public input portion of the Board of Selectmen’s (BOS) meeting last Tuesday to raise more questions about the Ayer Police Department.
In response, Ayer Police Chief Richard Rizzo said such behavior is the reason why he lodged a complaint with Maxant in the first place.
During the meeting, Maxant noted a young notary public in Ayer named Korey Humphreys is circulating a petition seeking information about any alledged misconduct by the Ayer Police Department (APD). He expressed concern that the anonymity of those who filed complaints could be compromised by action by the police department.
Maxant said Humphreys had taken several notarized statements against the department, but was concerned because Detective Brian Gil requested and obtained Humphreys’ notary log, which was a record of those from whom he’d taken statements.
In closing, Maxant asked police Chief Rizzo to keep close tabs on the situation to avoid anything untoward.
Rizzo was not asked to respond to Maxant’s comments, but did discuss them the next day.
”I was dismayed that he brought that up at an open session, but (I was) not surprised,” said Rizzo. “What he described is inaccurate … The documents obtained by the detective were not notarized.”
”I found his statement insulting that he concluded Detective Gil would do that for something other than what’s appropriate,” he said.
Rizzo said he could not comment on the situation further due to an ongoing criminal investigation.
Maxant has had issues with the local police department, which he has said stem from numerous resident complaints. In return, the department has lodged a complaint with the selectmen in response to what they term unprofessional behavior from Maxant.
This sort of behavior was the reason he filed a complaint against Maxant in the first place, Rizzo said.
”If Mr. Maxant had a question about what we did, I would have hoped he would have called me about it,” he said.