If, as the chairman of the Carlisle Board of Selectmen told the Globe, the offenses that led to the resignations of the town police chief and sergeant “were serious in nature, and were substantiated by our investigation,’’ then the residents of Carlisle deserve to know what they were. But their questions have been met with a frustrating silence by town officials.
Carlisle is not the kind of place that experiences a lot of police intrigue. And yet that sort of drama took hold shortly before Christmas, when the resignations were announced. Both men had been under administrative leave for two months, and both had been scrutinized by a private investigator hired by the selectmen. But the board has refused to release further details, citing legal concerns.
Personnel decisions should be handled in a sensitive manner, and in most cases should remain private. But police chief is a public post, and the range of potential wrongdoing is extensive; for their own safety and satisfaction, the people of Carlisle need to be told what was going on in their police station.