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Maturo: Gallo's Decision to Retire 'A Selfless Act'

Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr says a new search committee will be formed "immediately" to find a new chief to head the East Haven Police Department.

Update at 1:30 p.m.

A new search commitee will soon be formed to find a new head of the , after Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr announced today during a press conference at Town Hall he has accepted the retirement of embattled East Haven Chief of Police Leonard Gallo.

Maturo said he accepted Gallo's intention to retire from his town position on Friday. The police chief's retirement will become effective Feb. 3.

In the interim, Deputy Chief John Mannion will step in to serve as the acting head of the police department.

"Chief Gallo has always been an unwavering supporter of the Town of East Haven. He has been a devoted public servant, and performed admirably in both his personal and professional life," Maturo told the press today. "His decision to retire at this time is a selfless act, designed to assist in the healing process. I thank him for his years of devoted service and wish him the best in his future endeavors."

Maturo's complete prepared statement to the press has been posted in the gallery that accompanies this article. A video of Maturo delivering those remarks has also been posted.

East Haven Patch will continue to provide updates as this ongoing story continues to develop.

And additional video footage from today's press conference will be posted, as well.

Update at 10:20 a.m.

The press at East Haven Town Hall is still awaiting Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr's 11 a.m. press conference.

But with the confirmation that East Haven Police Chief Leonard Gallo did, indeed, resign from his post on Friday, it appears that any move to disqualify Gallo from his severance package is moot — even if the now-former chief is among the next wave of East Haven police officers arrested by federal authorities, as many expect to happen sometime soon.

East Haven Board of Police Commissioners Fred Brow told East Haven Patch a short time ago that the commission would be formally requesting Mayor Joseph Maturo terminate Gallo's contract at its meeting tomorrow evening.

By terminating Gallo, the police chief would not be entitled to his severance package, as well as accrued sick and vacation time.

But now, with Gallo already handing in his resignation, it appears the town will be on the hook for the severance package payments.

Gallo's pension plan is not run by the town, but instead managed by the state, Brow told East Haven Patch. Any move to disqualify Gallo from his pension would have to come from state authorities.

Update at 7:45 a.m. on Monday

Multiple news outlets are reporting this morning that will be stepping down today from his post as the head of the .

Still no official word on what time or where the press conference announcing this move will be held later this morning.

East Haven Patch will be heading to this morning and will provide updates via our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Original Story (Sunday at 11:20 p.m.)

East Haven Patch has learned tonight that John Einhorn, the attorney for embattled East Haven Police Chief , has alerted several regional news outlets tonight that there will be a press conference tomorrow morning concerning Gallo.

No information on the topic of that meeting with the press — or specifics at to when or where it will be held — has yet been made available to East Haven Patch.

The press conference itself, however, has been confirmed by Amanda Raus, a reporter for NBC Connecticut News, via a post on her Twitter account a few minutes ago:

News conference in #EastHaven tomorrow morning could answer the question of whether or not the Chief will be stepping down. Stay tuned!

Eihorn did not contact East Haven Patch regarding tomorrow morning's reported press conference.

East Haven Patch will continue to provide updates as this story continues to develop tomorrow morning.

CitizenVoice January 31, 2012 at 07:43 AM
Rosie: As I hardly ever respond to you (for obvious reasons), I'm not sure what you mean by "eat some more crow" or "proving me wrong more times than you can count." I really don't think this forum is meant to be some kind of competition for who can write the best zingers and/or insults (but its so tempting sometimes) or stir up the most trouble with unsubstantiated stories. Maybe that was OK in high school but I think it would be a better use of this space to sort out fact from fiction and make informed decisions. The topic here has to do with the resignation of the chief of police, who I believe never should have been reinstated in the first place. I believe this, not from listening to other people's opinions, but from doing my reading. It really isn't that hard to find the facts, if you take the time to look.
Captain Blood January 31, 2012 at 10:24 AM
Well Residents of East Haven we were on National news again last night. The Mayor is looking for Damage Control, and he cannot seem to muster it. His Town Attorney looked like a deer in head lights at night, One of his assistants was peaking out of the doorway. The look on the faces of some of his supporters were of non belief. This can all be rectified. He needs to go! East Haven will move on without him. The Town Council will appoint a new Mayor, Soon I hope For the betterment of all the People
EHVoiceofReason January 31, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Although I don't condone the "Taco" comment or the alleged mistreatment of people in custody, but Captain Blood, ASmith, and aka Gene--do you remember a certain female Mayor who cursed at the police (on tape), was arrested, and later was on WPLR laughing and joking about the incident in addition to selling signed pictures of her mug shot! East Haven was sleighed in the media before and has weathered the storm. But jut remember, "Queenie" didn't do much to bolster the media reputation of EH either.
Richard Poulton January 31, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Lance - there is a big bifference between defending someone and showing allegiance to someone. My comments have alwasys been on the defending someone unitl proven otherwise. Which by the way you will not do and I understand your issues. Citizens Voice - Retired NHPD. A little FYI for you. 12 years working by myself in the Hill section. Try that sometime. Marine unit, Narcotics unit, weapons unit, they were great assignments. Formulated, trained and supervised the dept. first scuba team. See what it feels like to pull up a dead body sometime. Member of the BOMB Sqd. Another fantastic job that I am sure most of you would not want any part of. Yes I knew Gallo, and only working relationship was when he was supervisor on the marine unit for one summer. I always have and always will give the benefit of doubt to someone accused, again until proven otherwise. But there are those no matter what want their pound of flesh.
Rosie January 31, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Finally, a real Voice, one with some common sense. As they say, "The more things change, the more they stay the same."
Rosie January 31, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Just a thought. When the mayor forms the committee to hire a new police chief, I would love to see Mr. Poulton on it. Although I don't know him personally, I have come to respect his comments. He is very intellegent, and seems to know the law inside and out. I think he would be ideal for the committee.
Minnie Mc January 31, 2012 at 02:20 PM
To EH voice - maybe you missed the media reports advising that Mayor Capone's arrest is being looked at by the FBI? It's looking to me like that arrest may have been less than legitimate. You very well may be seeing that all over the news next.
Lise Cavallaro January 31, 2012 at 02:25 PM
We are in the media bowl because the media chose to spin this nonsense out of control. As a matter of fact, East Haven was made to look like a bunch of ignorant racists in last Sunday's NH Register. I have already written on their Fbook wall telling them that neither myself, or my family members will ever buy a Register again, as have some of my facebook friends. Mistake made. Mistake apologized for. Chief retiring. Now. Let's. Move. On.
Captain Blood January 31, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Mr or Mrs EHVoiceofReason Remember you should not call the Former Mayor " Queenie" that is disrespectful. She did not curse at the Police in was one Officer who knew how to set her up and it worked. Yes it may have been the wrong thing to do, And the Media jumped all over it. What should we call Maturo my Friend? I can think of many things but again its disrespectful But one thing i can say without name calling he should step down for the good of the Town. Look at the Town Council, do you see a Mayor sitting there? Time will tell
Richard Poulton January 31, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Thanks for the confidence Rosie, but I would decline that offer at this time. Mayor Maturo would be well advised to look at the International Association of Chief's of Police, and go through there Executive Search branch. Its a nationwide operation that basically does all the search for a municipality.
EHVoiceofReason January 31, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I guess you are now the "word smith" police--telling me which words are disrespectful. I could have said a lot worse--Queen can be take as a HIGH position of royalty--you choose to think of it as an insult?? So she cursed at a police officer....isn't that cursing at the police? And YES it was the wrong thing to do--just like the Taco comment. I don't think he should step down. I think he needs to lead us out of this mess....and yes, time will tell.
Magdalen Sparaco January 31, 2012 at 03:01 PM
This morning, Tuesday, the nationally acclaimed NBC "Today" show had an entire segment on the mess in East Haven. This show also goes international. All you people, look what is happening to this Town brought on not only by the Police Department but the Mayor himself. Is there not a solution to start quelling the siege on this Town? The retirement of Gallo (should have never been brought back), is a start but more importantly the Resignation of the Mayor Joe Maturo would be the impetus to start the healing process. " A Mayor is only as good as the prople around him" meaning, they also should go. Only then will we start seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. As leaked out, there is more damage to come and more embarrassment for the good citizens of East Haven.
Magdalen Sparaco January 31, 2012 at 03:12 PM
To EH Voice of Reason. I doubt that you are the voice of reason in the Town. As explained before "there is no comparison". The present situation is bringing shame, the Mayor April incident demonstrated a caring for the citizens.of this town. She was never indited. So she swore, It is well know that Mayor Maturo spews out a few choice words. "let those who have not sinned, cast the first stone"
Lise Cavallaro January 31, 2012 at 04:38 PM
And again...there's no need for this mess to be on the Today Show. It's absolutely ridiculous. The media is making more of a mess than there ever should have been. Like I said in my previous post, everything that was done under the previous administration can be found on the internet which is also international. Mistake Made. Apology Made. Gallo retired. Move. On.
Nick Palladino January 31, 2012 at 05:34 PM
I would just like to say that Mr. Poulton was always the first person to call the PD in a snow storm to offer rides to work for any police, firefighters, doctors or nurses because he had a 4 wheel drive vehicle. In my years on the EHPD I never heard a bad thing about him. I my not agree with him on politics but I still think of him as a good stand up person. And I also think you should use your real name if you have something you would like to say.
CitizenVoice January 31, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Richard Poulton: Thanks for the info. I worked as an EMT for 15 yrs in the Hartford area and I know a little something about dead bodies. My son was a police officer for 11 years, Federal Narcotics Task Force for 4 years, and now in The Guard on the AZ/Mexico border, so I guess I know a little something about cops & the psychological problems that sometime come with the "Job". I know there are good cops and bad cops and the good ones will, no doubt, suffer because of the bad ones. I also know the value of a good leader ie Chief. This town needs one of those. Innocent or guilty, Gallo has way too much baggage and is very "old school". Gotta get some new blood who will gain the respect of the boys on the job first. I think this is the most important step. Keep an eye on the search committee. Some good recommendations wouldn't hurt either.
CitizenVoice February 01, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Oh, please! Everyone with a brain knew she didn't do anything that warranted being arrested. It was an obvious, political (and spiteful) stunt. Boy, they just showed her what happens when you step on the toes of the EHPD, didn't they? Fortunately, enough thinking people saw it for what it was. The enitre incident was a joke and deserved to be laughed at, WPLR, signed mug shots, and all. Well that arrest is being looked at again. I'm curious to see what happens, aren't you?
Ann Della Camera February 01, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Richard, I have read all you had to say , I find you intelligent and well informed. Its sad that the town has come to this, but good to here from you, about the laws in firing Gallo, which I agree cannot be done. Sady many good officers have to suffer from all this. Keep up the good work, reading you is so refreshing, and honest person, trying to help get people stright on what the law are. Thanks so much Richard
Ann Della Camera February 01, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Rosie, I believe you since I had a somewhat simular incident. I agree the cops are holding back and I can't blame them. Harrassment has become a new job in the way of life for many now that break the law, they know they won't be stopped or touched. How sad our town has come to this. I agree with you Rosie,, Thanks a lot April
Ann Della Camera February 01, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Asmith, if anyone needs to go, it you. Go down south and see how insulted the people there are by your rude use of the way they speak. You are not even close, when you do it. All you want to do is keep the town fire going, perhaps you are looking to be a star here. Well, you missed that boat, and they next one will be waiting for you at the airport, Some people down south are just dying to meet you.
Ann Della Camera February 01, 2012 at 05:05 AM
Captain Blood, you know this will never happen and shouldn't. April ruined the town in less than 4 years, Joe is being comdemmed in just 30 days. We both know it takes time to sort things, and there is much to be sorted. Keeping the newspapers and TV stations interested with this kind of talk, will never help to restore the town image. Let's ,move on. Election over, FBI investigating, could be a vendetta, all this is feeding the media. Try being positive, and help us honor those that live here in the town and have to hear all of this smut.
Ann Della Camera February 01, 2012 at 05:07 AM
EHVoiceofReason, isn't this where all of this trash talk really began. Seems to me, we had a good reputation until that incident.
Ann Della Camera February 01, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Rosie, I second that motion.
Ann Della Camera February 01, 2012 at 05:11 AM
Madeline, I would not be one to accuse if I were you. When the democrates won the election you jumped the fence into their camp faster than a four legged deer.
Ann Della Camera February 01, 2012 at 05:12 AM
I couldn't agree with you more Lisa
James February 01, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Gallo retired because that was in his best interest . At this time he is seeking a retirement agreement from the town. I am not sure how a retirement figure is derived from time served in other towns. But as a tax payer in East Haven i feel he should get a Limited amount due to current issues with the DOJ
Magdalen Sparaco February 01, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Ann, thanks for the humor. I though your remark was so funny. I've been a Democrat for the past 18 yrs.in wining and losing elections. As a Republican, you know how long. Women in the Republican Party, especially if you held an important position, were the male target. Enough said. On another note, noting the behavior of vocal Republicas, or Maturo supportors, at the Police Commission meeting Tuesday night leaves much to be desired. Freedom of speech is a real good thing but some people just cannot do it with class.
Ann Della Camera February 02, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Magdaline I will agree with you on one thing. Men never gave women a chance, however that was many years ago and time have changed. You know what I was put through, you were there and helped I am sure. However I never deserted the party.I just backed off and got in with my own life. When I committee to something I see it through, good or bad. Knocking the town like all are doing is Freedom of Speech, but like Nero, they are fiddeling around and letting it burn.
Richard Poulton February 03, 2012 at 01:29 PM
There has been comments through out the media and blogs calling for Gallo to be denied a pension for what has transpired in EH while he was the chief as well as those officers charged. I did some research to see if CT had a "bad boy" clause in statute to allow such a denial. Yes there is. Sorry did not get section of general statute it was assiged too, but on June 12, 2008 the legislature passed and Gov. Rell signed such a law. But it stipulates the following. " Revocation or reduction of pensions of State or municipal officials who are CONVICTED of corruption charges such as bribery, theft, or embezzlement of public funds or otherwise using public office to gain profit or advantage". This law was aimed at elected officials after the Rowland case. Also, the law states that the pension cannot be completely revoked of a union employee, all that can be done ,after a conviction, is for a judge to reduce the pension via fines installed in punishment. Brief of law can be found by "googling" "bad boy law" and look for the Hartford Courant story.
The Devil You Know Or The Devil You Don't Know February 03, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Will Taco Joe Fire Gallo? I would imagine being "BUDDIES" they have visited each others closets. Will TJ take on the recourse of a decision to fire his "BUDDY" or the recourse of the media for not firing his "BUDDY". It appears to be a sinking ship either way. Which rat will jump first?

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