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Gallo: "It Feels Wonderful" to Return as East Haven Police Chief (VIDEO)

East Haven Chief of Police Leonard Gallo said there are "no axes to grind and no backward motions to be placed," and that the police department is "going to head in a very positive direction."

Updated at 6:45 p.m.

In addition to Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr, newly reinstated East Haven Chief of Police Leonard Gallo also shared his thoughts during this morning's press conference at East Haven Town Hall.

The video of Gallo's comments, as well as some Mayor Maturo's remarks regarding the continuing federal investigation into the police department, are included in the gallery that accompanies this article.

Updated at 2:45 p.m.

Fr. James Manship, the pastor of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and  awsuit alleging racial profiling and police brutality against Latinos by East Haven police, released a statement in reaction to the news East Haven Chief of Police Leonard Gallo was reinstated as the active head of the town's police department earlier this morning. 

Gallo was one of the defendents specifically named in the  in October 2010.

The following is Manship's statement in full:

"It is astounding that Mayor Maturo has chosen to reinstate a police chief who presided over an institution that created a culture of impunity for harassment and abuse of Latinos.

"Law enforcement experts, from the Police Executive Research Forum to the United States Department of Justice, identified fundamental policy deficiencies within the East Haven Police Department under Gallo’s watch. Many community members, myself included, suffered firsthand the consequences of these deficiencies.  

"The Department needs to change. East Haven deserves a Department that respects and protects all of its residents, not one that sticks to the failed policies of the past that eroded public confidence in the police."

Updated at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday

At this morning's press conference at East Haven Town Hall, Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr officially announced he had reinstated Chief of Police Leonard Gallo as the active head of the East Haven Police Department as of 9:30 a.m. this morning.

Video footage of Maturo's full statement regarding his decision on who will serve as the town's chief of police is included in the gallery that accompanies this article.

East Haven Patch will continue to provide updates, as well as additional video footage from today's press conference, as more information becomes available.

Updated at 6:45 p.m.

Mayor Joseph Maturo will reportedly reinstate East Haven Chief of Police Leonard Gallo to the active head of the East Haven Police Department at tomorrow morning's press conference, according to a New Haven Register report.

Last Wednesday, Maturo announced he would be commissioning on Gallo, who has been on administrative leave since April 2010.

The police chief was placed on administrative leave by prior Mayor April Capone following the receipt of a .

Over a year later at the June 2011 meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners, the commission  for “possible discipline, up to and including termination.” 

Following the meeting,  to consider the charges against Gallo. However, the hearing was never held because an impartial arbiter.  

When announcing that he would commission a review of the internal report on Gallo, Maturo stated that: “I promised the taxpayers that our administration would take a long, hard look at the situation.  The goal is to resolve it in the most efficient, fair manner possible. However, that cannot be done until this administration knows all of the facts.”

As mentioned in our original story below, East Haven Patch will be at tomorrow morning's press conference at town hall, so keep an eye out on our Twitter and Facebook pages for on the scene updates from the talk.

Original Story (Monday at 4:15 p.m.)

Mayor Joseph Maturo has just announced that will be holding a press conference tomorrow, Nov. 29 regarding the .

According to a press release late this afternoon from the Mayor's Office, the talk will begin at 10 a.m. in the front foyer of .

No other information was released regarding the specific area or areas that the mayor will address in relation to the department.

Last week, Maturo said his administration would be commissioning who has been on administrative leave since April 2010.

East Haven Patch will be at tomorrow morning's press conference at town hall, so keep an eye out on our Twitter and Facebook pages for on the scene updates from the talk.

Ivanna D. Truth November 30, 2011 at 10:40 PM
Maybe the Patch should run a backround story on his policing tactics in New Haven. Particularily, oh what was that squad called? The beat down posse? or something like that.
Peter T. Cianelli November 30, 2011 at 11:18 PM
Well said Patrick... no one person is to blame for what has happened. however you must understand Patrick... Our Town cannot survive by selling assets.... bonding & over taxing.. We must all stop this petty bickering and find bi-partisan solutions to East Haven's problems or our future generations will suffer....
Rosie November 30, 2011 at 11:36 PM
Some of you people really need to get a life. I guess you have all the time in the world to comment using all these different names, seeing you're unemployed now. Pathetic. Oh BTW, Glory Days!!
ASmith December 01, 2011 at 12:34 AM
Aw he's probably worried about bein in the same room, cause he might have the cuffs put on him again. Wish Rev. Billy wasnt so sick, he could come up here to this burg and straighten things out.
ASmith December 01, 2011 at 12:36 AM
Do you remember the time he had the elevator in New Haven pd hq bugged? He was after some of his fellow blue bloods.
ASmith December 01, 2011 at 12:37 AM
Heard he moved back to Northford cause he alienated all his neighbors at that high priced condo place he once lived in.
ASmith December 01, 2011 at 12:37 AM
Heard he moved back to Northford cause he alienated all his neighbors at that high priced condo place he once lived in.
ASmith December 01, 2011 at 12:40 AM
Sounds like Luigi the original is a little worked up. I hear those axes bein sharpened up on No high st. Sure we all is gonna have lots to talk about over the months to come.
ASmith December 01, 2011 at 12:45 AM
Well I sure bet this is the only time in its whole history that the FBI was called a "distraction". Old J. Edgar must be rollin in his grave. Guess Ole Joe needs to get a really big fly swatter to chase those pesky buggers away. The I dislike Joe club jes gets more new members every day. Why I hear they kept a list of all the folks who had an april sign on their lawn. This ole burg wont be a safe place to live for those 3,999 folks who didnt vote for ole Joe.
Anthony December 01, 2011 at 01:09 AM
I will sit back and let Joe do his thing. To say the least I'm not impressed yet. Prove me wrong Joe !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really didn't think he would put Gallo back active but that's his prerogative. Now lets see if he cuts taxes as promised or back pedals with some political BS. PROVE ME WRONG JOE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BTW Gallo doesn't have to be proven guilty to be taken off the job. It's not a court of law so that innocent until proven guilty line doesn't work in the public and private sector. Like I said I'll be sitting here and watching what Joe is or isn't doing. This Citizen Watchdog idea sounds like a plan to me. Where do I sign up???
Patrick Madley December 01, 2011 at 03:29 AM
Everyone, there is no reason to call anyone names. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. With that being said, my opinion is that maybe it wasn't the best decision to brig Gallo back. But you know what? That is the mayors prerogative. I'm just waiting for the FBI and DOJ report so we can see the real issues within the department.
Patrick Madley December 01, 2011 at 03:30 AM
Bring*
Ann Della Camera December 01, 2011 at 04:38 AM
Patrick, when we make choices in life, we have to live with them. He made a choice to make more money. He choose to give up the job he had to do this. If you left your job, that is if you have one, to get a better paying job. What do you think your former boss is going to say to you when you decided to come back there to work. He is going wave his hand goodbye to you. We all make choices in life, some good, some bad, but whatever the choice, we have to live with it and make the best of it. You will learn this as you grow and enter the business world.
Ann Della Camera December 01, 2011 at 04:44 AM
Patrick, trust me we have no surplus as you will see when the next aduit comes. You have faulted me and others for our opinions. I have never faulted you. Your young and have a lot to learn yet and I wish you all the luck in the world in your future.
Ann Della Camera December 01, 2011 at 04:49 AM
Lugi, your comment was totally uncalled for, as to the Mayor's personaI info. I think Julie should have deleted that one, She has a tough job so please everyone stop making her job that much harder. Grow up stop the name calling and get on with life. Christmas is coming, go out and do something good for your town.
Luigi (the original) December 01, 2011 at 10:25 AM
If I were to call YOU what you ARE, The post would be removed. Yet you are somehow allowed to ramble on in this manner. Making this kind of accusation is NOT an opinion. What it is is actionable in any other venue. You spread hate mongering and stoop to absurd lies in an attempt to accomplish that goal. Luckily EVERYONE knows what you really are!
Luigi (the original) December 01, 2011 at 10:27 AM
A SHILL
Luigi (the original) December 01, 2011 at 05:05 PM
Ann I apologize for sounding offensive to you. I guess the fact that you did not understand it's intent suggests a need for explanation, as others might also be confused. If you re-read the post I was responding to, you might see the absurdity of it. Are there really nameless shills out there stalking the mayor to determine his whereabouts at any given time, his schedule?? Is it really any of our business or concern when the Mayor takes a jog? Short of him being seen in FLA jogging, I would say it is no one's business when the Mayor does anything, his schedule is his business. My comment was only intended to point out that absurdity . Again, I am sorry that was not clear, I am sorry you did not get that, and mostly I am sorry if I inadvertently revealed any of the Mayor's personal info.....yikes!! (BTW I wouldn't actually know!)
Ivanna D. Truth December 01, 2011 at 07:16 PM
Actually the Mayor is accountable for his whereabouts. Particularly when he's not working during nonconforming hours. As was a mile issue during his previous tenure. Its funny how many of the same people who took issue with Capone teaching at nighare ok with Joe being at work. Little but of a double standard.
Ivanna D. Truth December 01, 2011 at 07:17 PM
Actually the Mayor is accountable for his whereabouts. Particularly when he's not working during nonconforming hours. As was a mile issue during his previous tenure. Its funny how many of the same people who took issue with Capone teaching at night are ok with Joe being at work. Little bit of a double standard.
Luigi (the original) December 01, 2011 at 07:33 PM
Whatever Ivanna. I don't recall taking issue with Capone's moonlighting, I couldn't care less. But if you're gonna stalk the mayor to make sure he's at his desk when YOU think he should be, I'm gonna comment. He is entitled to take a lunch and what he does in that time is his business. Being accountable is one thing, explaining his whereabouts by the hour is another. You people really need to get a life! THE QUEEN is GONE....BooHoo
Ivanna D. Truth December 01, 2011 at 07:45 PM
Don't be angry little luigi. I don't stalk anyone. but his lunch? Lol what's going to be the excuse for the days he's in florida? Between him, the police chief and fire chief no one ever seed to be at work. Yet they all have so much accumulated time off. It is my business its my money!
Luigi (the original) December 01, 2011 at 07:49 PM
Angry? Na, I'm not angry Ivanna. I just enjoy what I call the "skew of the shill". We all know what this is really about, it's about sour grapes. Let the man do what he was voted in office to do.....(as he has been), and your money will be just fine. Now GET TO WORK, LOL
Ivanna D. Truth December 01, 2011 at 07:59 PM
By the way for the record I am glad she is gone..
Luigi (the original) December 01, 2011 at 08:12 PM
I gotta say you are the most confusing blogger on this site, frankly I can't tell how you're aligned and to whom. Are you just funnin us? Thanks for the response.
Ivanna D. Truth December 01, 2011 at 08:36 PM
Luigi, I am aligned with my god and my family... I do and follow what I believe is best for both. Both sides have goods and bads. I call what I see on both sides.
Luigi (the original) December 01, 2011 at 08:40 PM
Fair enough Ivanna. Although I suspect we'll blog again before the holiday, Have a Happy and Merry one if not.
Ivanna D. Truth December 01, 2011 at 09:11 PM
I am sure we will. None the less, the Merriest and safest to you and yours! Let's all hope for a better new year and get rid of that line on the sand. We would all be better off.
Lance Coughlin January 30, 2012 at 02:56 PM
:)
respuits January 30, 2012 at 04:03 PM
So happy to be reinstated so he can retire with bennies....Lance you are a good watchdog with alot of guts.

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