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Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority and The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination will hold a virtual training session, “Know Your Civil Rights: A Training on Massachusetts Anti-Discrimination Laws” on Zoom at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
The former Pittsfield drug court judge who lost his job over what he terms a consensual sexual affair has settled a lawsuit against him “to close this ugly chapter in my life and to focus on the future.” The plaintiff still doesn't see it as consensual.
Allegations of racial and sexual misconduct by a former Williamstown police chief and a former sergeant were supported by the results of two different independent investigations. In one final report to the Select Board submitted by investigator and attorney Judy A. Levenson, both former Sgt. Scott McGowan and former Police Chief Kyle Johnson were found to have “initiated, participated in and tolerated” sexually and racially charged “offensive comments and conduct within the department.”
By resolving “issues” with its longtime police sergeant, Scott E. McGowan, Williamstown can focus on the steps it is taking to restore confidence in public safety, officials say. It is the town's first comment on McGowan since it became clear officials were moving to remove him from his job.
The bias complaint a police sergeant filed last month against Williamstown will be withdrawn, in light of his resignation this week.
Signs point to an attempt by Williamstown officials to reach a settlement with Sgt. Scott E. McGowan.
UPDATED: A disciplinary hearing for Williamstown Police Sgt. Scott E. McGowan has been postponed from Thursday to Oct. 27.
Days before he faces a possible firing, a Williamstown police sergeant is again accusing the town of bias and retaliation, portraying himself as a whistleblower who received unjust treatment by local officials before and after he brought a federal lawsuit last year.
A growing list of groups is calling on town officials to terminate the employment of a police officer over the fact that he had a photograph of Adolf Hitler hanging in his locker at the station for years. But the officer claims it was hung as a practical joke over a fellow officer who looked a bit like him.
EAGLE INVESTIGATIONS: A Williamstown police sergeant altered a police record in 2005 in an apparent attempt to hide his role in an alleged assault on a Williams College student, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Eagle.