Ashland Police Chief Cara Rossi’s final POST Commission hearing is Friday: What we know

BOSTON – Ashland Police Chief Cara Rossi will face a last adjudicatory listening to in entrance of a listening to officer with a state company on Friday.

On Monday, a last pre-hearing was held by the Peace Officers Coaching (POST) Fee. The listening to was heard – as Friday’s last listening to can be – by listening to officer Judith Cowin, a retired Supreme Judicial Courtroom justice.

Monday’s listening to was temporary, with Cowin, POST Fee lawyer Shuan Martinez and Rossi’s lawyer, Leah Barrault discussing witnesses showing in particular person or through zoom. Friday’s listening to can be in particular person in Boston.

Ashland Police Chief Caraa Rossi, pictured right here whereas a Natick Police lieutenant, has a listening to with the POST Fee on Friday.

Extra: Ashland’s police chief has been positioned on paid administrative go away, city supervisor says

The POST Fee has not stated particularly why Rossi is in entrance of them aside from that it’s linked to the James Quilty case. Quilty is a former Natick Police sergeant who was convicted of sexually assaulting a former feminine dispatcher.

That dispatcher has filed a civil go well with in Norfolk Superior Courtroom and Rossi, who was a lieutenant in Natick on the time, is known as as a defendant. The dispatcher alleges in her lawsuit that Rossi aided and abetted Quilty by urging the dispatcher to not make a proper grievance in opposition to. Rossi has denied the allegations.

Extra: Sufferer of ex-Natick police sergeant’s assault has filed go well with in opposition to him, city

What we do not know in regards to the upcoming listening to

The MetroWest Day by day Information has filed a public information request with the POST Fee to acquire the grievance filed in opposition to Rossi. The request was filed on Feb. 14.

The POST Fee responded throughout the 10 days required by regulation, on Feb. 27, and requested extra time. They nonetheless haven’t accomplished their evaluation of the request.

What’s the POST Fee’s function in Massachusetts

Based on the POST Fee, the aim of an adjudicatory listening to is to droop an officer or revoke their certification to work as an officer and to order retraining. An officer can enchantment any ruling.

What’s Cara Rossi’s job now

Rossi was employed because the Ashland police chief in Might of 2022 and formally began in July of that yr. Beforehand, she was an officer in Natick, reaching the rank of lieutenant.

Ashland City Supervisor Michael Herbert positioned Rossi on paid administrative go away in January. He has not disclosed the rationale.

Rossi signed a contract extension final September that gave her a $15,500 elevate. The brand new contract, obtained by the Day by day Information by way of a public information request, prolonged by a yr a pact that was initially set to finish in 2025, and raised her annual wage by 9.5%, from $162,500 to $178,000. Rossi and City Supervisor Michael Herbert signed the contract, which was efficient retroactive to July 1, 2023, on Sept. 25.

Learn extra in regards to the contract: Ashland’s police chief obtained a contract extension months earlier than being positioned on go away

Norman Miller may be reached at 508-626-3823 or nmiller@wickedlocal.com. For up-to-date public security information, observe Norman Miller on X @Norman_MillerMW or on Fb at fb.com/NormanMillerCrime.

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