NORTH ADAMS -- Sgt. James Foley was fired by the North Adams Police Department on Jan. 31 after a months-long investigation, according to city officials.

The reasons for Foley's termination are not being made public, said Mayor Richard Alcombright, citing the potential for litigation between the former officer and the city.

"It's a personnel issue," Alcombright said.

North Adams Police Director Michael Cozzaglio confirmed that Sgt. Foley had been terminated, but declined to comment further on the matter.

Foley has been on paid administrative leave for approximately eight months, according to Alcombright, "while everything was investigated and vetted."

The Massachusetts Coalition of Police union is representing Foley, according to Alcombright. His union representatives could not be reached by press time.

"I'm anticipating there will be more to come of this," Alcombright said. "I'm sure it's not over with."

Foley was acquitted in 2009 on charges that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in 2007. He was placed on administrative leave for nearly 11 2 years before the case was disposed.

In Foley's absence, the police department has been operating with two sergeants on the staff. When no sergeant or lieutenant is on-duty, the senior-most officer is considered in charge, according to Alcombright.

The department can appoint an acting sergeant to replace Foley in the near-term, Alcombright said, but added that is a decision he would make with Cozzaglio.


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"I'd like to keep the structure the same," he said.

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