For Immediate Release - August 25, 2016
William J. Fraser, City Manager
Montpelier City Manager William Fraser announced today that Police Sergeant Richard Cleveland has retired from the Montpelier Police Department, effective August 22, after 29 years of service to the City.
In May, the City Manager and Police Captain Neil Martel investigated allegations that Sgt. Cleveland spent portions of some work shifts at his home. The investigation, conducted pursuant to the established internal affairs policy of the Montpelier Police Department, confirmed the allegations. However, subsequent meetings between the City, Sgt. Cleveland and his health provider revealed that an undiagnosed medical condition was a significant factor in his conduct. The City has been made whole for sixty (60) hours of lost time.
Fraser noted that, at his request, and also pursuant to the established internal affairs policy of the Montpelier Police Department, the Vermont State Police reviewed the facts of the case. That investigation determined that no criminal charges were warranted.
In light of all of the above information the personnel hearing before the City Council, scheduled for August 31st, has been cancelled.
“Under all the circumstances, I view Sgt. Cleveland’s decision to retire as a positive step for the City, the police department and for himself.” Fraser said. “We appreciate his 29 years of service and wish him the best for his health and for his future career.”