HAVERHILL — A city police officer suspended and demoted for giving preferential treatment to retired state troopers, was previously suspended for failing to properly investigate a case in which a fellow Haverhill officer may have been drinking while driving.
Last month, Mayor James Fioretini suspended Officer Harry Miller for 10 days for writing untruthful or incomplete reports, unsatisfactory job performance and violating police ethics for his role in the handling of separate car accidents involving retired high-ranking state troopers in March and in 2005.
Police Chief Alan DeNaro wanted to fire Miller, but Fiorentini declined to terminate the officer’s employment after Miller agreed to apologize and be demoted from sergeant to patrolman.
Miller’s punishment followed a local police investigation and closed-door hearings that also involved two other Haverhill officers who have also been suspended for their roles in the handling a March crash involving Charles Noyes, 62, of Haverhill, former deputy superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police. Miller was suspended for five days for that incident and another five days for what officials called his questionable investigation of a 2005 crash involving former state trooper Paul Regan of Rowley, who retired from the state police in 2003 as a lieutenant colonel. The city learned of the Regan incident during its investigation of the Noyes accident.
According to documents obtained by The Eagle-Tribune that were part of the city’s investigation of the Noyes and Regan cases, Miller was previously suspended for five days in November 2011 for failing to properly investigate an automobile accident involving Haverhill detective Glen Fogarty, who was off duty at the time of the crash.
Messages left with police union officials for Miller and Fogarty were not returned.
According to a 2011 disciplinary letter sent to Miller by DeNaro, Miller was called to the scene of the Fogarty accident by patrolmen already there.