East Haven, Conn. (WTNH) - Emotions and tempers were running high in East Haven Tuesday night, where some people were saying Police Chief Leonard Gallo shouldn't be allowed to retire. They want him fired.
One man present at the meeting said he believes if the town fires Gallo he will sue.
"Who is that gonna benefit in this town," the man asked. "Not the taxpayers of East Haven. Thank you."
A woman at the meeting said she wants Mayor Joe Maturo to know that not all Latinos are Mexican.
"We don't all eat tacos, alright," the woman said. "I'm Spanish, I'm proud of being Spanish, I've been living in the East Haven community for 20 years."
Despite flaring tempers, the Board of Police Commissioners continued with the business at hand, voting unanimously for all three resolutions.
One of those resolutions included asking the mayor to fire Gallo, rather than allowing him to retire.
"It's just pure politics, that's what this is all about," said Gallo's attorney Jonathan Einhorn, "it's unadulterated politics."
This is the second time the board has voted to fire Gallo, but they cannot force the mayor to do so.
"His behavior over the last several years," said Commission Chairman Fred Brow, "his performance has been so poor that to put him out with a retirement package, that's just sending a bad message."
The commission says the chief is entitled to his pension, but they don't believe he should get additional pay for sick time, vacations and holidays that would amount to over $100,000.
"We're most probably gonna ask for an audit of those numbers because they, some of those allowances don't coincide with the number of years served," Brow said.
Gallo was on paid leave for 18 months, returning less than two months ago.
"There's no golden parachute, there's no severance package, Einhorn said, "no one is giving him a lot of money and saying thank you very much and leave."
If all that wasn't contentious enough, the board passed one more resolution: they voted to create an advisory board with two members. The two members who were appointed by Mayor April Capone and whose terms expire at midnight.
"You're all done tonight," one crowd member said, "take your plaques and go home."
While the Board of Police Commissioners does not have any jurisdiction over the Chief and cannot force the Mayor to do anything, their message was loud and clear.
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