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Despite the impending winter storm set to hit the Berkshires in the early morning hours, the community discussion set up by the Williamstown Police Department and the U.S. Department of Justice is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. at Mount Greylock High School.
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.”
At the request of Interim Police Chief Michael Ziemba, the U.S. Department of Justice is working with local community members to organize a community-wide meeting to discuss the police department’s successes and failures — and how to correct what needs fixing.
A Monday evening crash on Route 2 injured a Williamstown woman and killed her dog.
WILLIAMSTOWN — Retired K-9 Daisy of the Williamstown Police Department passed away after a brief battle with cancer, according to a Facebook p…
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The bias complaint a police sergeant filed last month against Williamstown will be withdrawn, in light of his resignation this week.
Two sources tell The Eagle that Sgt. Scott E. McGowan's 19-year full-time career with the Williamstown Police Department was to end as of midnight Monday.
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.
Williamstown's interim manager says he wants the question of Sgt. Scott E. McGowan's future with the town police department to be decided on his watch. But first, he's getting another legal opinion.