There is a new twist to the continuing saga of the Bourne Fire Department in Massachusetts. The union representing the town’s firefighters has sent a letter to Bourne officials in an effort to halt further interviews of firefighters by police who are conducting an investigation of Lt. Kelli Weeks. The union points to the police chief’s statement to the press that the interviews aren’t pertaining to the criminal probe of Weeks.
Despite the best efforts of CapeCodOnline.com, we still don’t know what this investigation is all about. Statements are expected later today from the union and the town’s selectmen that could possibly shed some light on the mess.
We do know that Lt. Weeks, the Ms. October 2008 for a charity calendar, has been a target of an investigation since the summer. In the meantime, her husband, Deputy Chief Paul Weeks, is on full duty status despite a rape charge hanging over him. You can click here to learn more about some of the many other related and non-related issues facing the Bourne Fire Department.
Penny Fusco, president of the Bourne Professional Fire Fighters Union, and Gil Taylor, a union spokesman, confirmed yesterday that the union’s representative, Leah Barrault of Boston-based Pyle Rome Ehrenberg PC, had sent the letter to town officials.
Barrault did not return messages left for her yesterday at her office, but Taylor said that in explaining why the union considers the police interviews unlawful, she cited a Times article from Saturday in which Police Chief Earl Baldwin was quoted as saying that the interviews were not pertaining to the criminal investigation of Weeks. He stated that noncriminal issues are generally dealt with internally.
“The union attorney sent a letter to the town today,” Fusco said. “She said that it is unlawful to be questioning us in that manner, and that we will no longer be complying with the interviews.”
The Times confirmed the police investigation into Kelli Weeks late last month after making a public records request for documents involving the investigation in mid-August. That request was denied by Baldwin.
The Times appealed that decision to Secretary of State William Galvin’s office and was told that the state’s supervisor of public records had requested the police documents for review before deciding whether the Times can obtain them.
The fire department has been embroiled in controversy as of late. Union officials have sparred with town officials over a weekly veterinary clinic in their Sagamore Beach station in addition to the Weeks investigation.