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May 19, 2014

Appeal hearing starts for Haverhill police union head

Officer's suspension tied to bee-sting death


In response, DeNaro called Welch’s claims about unfair treatment and political retribution “misleading and self-serving.”

“It is blatantly obvious that he (Welch) has used and continues to use his union position in a feeble attempt to exonerate himself from all wrongdoing regarding his actions in dispatch on the night in question,” DeNaro said in an email to the newspaper. “For a community to have confidence in its police department it must have confidence in the department’s ability to objectively police itself and take corrective action when warranted.”

DeNaro cited Welch for violating department rules regarding field reports and handling requests for assistance, as well as neglect of duty and unsatisfactory work performance.

The report by hearing officer David Connelly said his findings were based on “undisputed evidence that Officer Welch failed in his duties and responsibilities as a police dispatcher.”

Connelly’s report said the call should have provoked a vigorous response from Welch, but that the officer determined it was not a priority call.

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