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Newton Chief Says He Will Fight Dismissal

Chief Matthew Cummings was put on paid administrative leave yesterday following an investigation.

After being asked to leave the department he has served for more than 30 years, Newton Police Chief Matthew Cummings says he is planning to fight his dismissal

According to , Cummings admits to kicking his former secretary, Jeanne Sweeny Mooney, but that it was an innocent act and an attempt to be funny. 

Cummings told NECN yesterday he "didn't go around calling people names" and "didn't run a hostile work environment."

"I’m not going to leave after 32 years of good service with this type of thing over my head," Cummings told NECN.

Cummings, who has been chief since 2009,  that looked into Mooney's claims that Cummings kicked her in the foot and made inappropriate comments toward her. 

The report, which was delivered to Mayor Setti Warren Tuesday night, .

Although the comments and actions were not malicious or hostile, they were nonetheless "boorish, disrespectful and insulting", the report said, and that Cummings should be held to a high standard as a department head.

Warren placed Cummings on administrative leave yesterday and initiated the process of Cummings' removal, which involves a hearing. Warren named . 

Meanwhile,  on allegations from the Newton Police that she stole $660 from the department as well as destroyed $1,500 in checks and a schedule of the fee payments. She is scheduled for arraignment Sept. 24. 

Mooney claims the theft charges are retaliation for her civil claims against Cummings. She has been on paid administrative leave since September and recently filed a complaint with the city demanding $600,000 in damages.

Both Warren and City Solicitor Donnalyn Kahn underlined that city's investigation of Cummings' behavior was completely separate from any criminal cases involving Mooney.

According to NECN, Mooney said she feels "vindicated" with yesterday's decision and is hoping the theft charges against her will be dropped.

schlock August 30, 2012 at 10:48 PM
How many remember the brouhaha between then Mayor Ted Mann and his secretary? and the final outcome long after the litigation ended - Teddy regretted the incident, subjecting the city to the lingering negative image in the media, and most importantly tarnishing the corner office image exposing his vulnerability as just being human. Apparently this mayor has not learned from the past mayor's mistakes; perhaps too busy on the campaign trail to effectively deal with at-home city matters - and he's running for re-election to boot? This could be Setti's political Achilles tendon - 'shoegate' to boot..
Maris Kessel August 31, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Great to hear Chief! Unlike Warren, I'd take your 32 years of loyal allegation-free service over the allegations of a thief any day! You got dismissed for cleaning up the corruption at the police department and now I can't wait for you to clean out the corruption at city hall!
Rachel August 31, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Am I reading this correctly? Did Mooney's allegations only come after she was put on leave for stealing? If she had such a problem with Cummings' behavior why wasn't it made public before? This sounds like a case of a disgruntled employee who got caught and now wants revenge. Mayor Warren shame on you for not seeing that!
Judith August 31, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I couldn't agree more Maris! Unless Warren reinstates Cummings and justifies his actions--he can kiss his re-election goodbye!
lucy August 31, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Classic case of a thief (framingham district court thinks so) who successfully planned on taking everyone down with her. The Mayor let her get away with this. Nice to know the Mayor supports this type of terrorism.
Phil September 03, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Another woman using the fact she isn a woman as a weapon. And another weak Mayor allowing it to happen.

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