NAUGATUCK, Conn. (WTNH)– An independent investigation into racially charged Snapchat messages sent by the teen daughter of the Naugatuck Police Chief has concluded.
This report was commissioned in January 2021 by Naugatuck Mayor Pete Hess in a response to those Snapchats. Those posts had been shared widely on social media, surfacing years after they were originally posted. They contain racist and violent statements allegedly made by the daughter of Naugatuck police chief, Steven Hunt.
According to a release, the report from the investigation into the incident concluded the following:
- “Police Chief Hunt’s employment contract, and Connecticut state law, include a “just cause” requirement that must be met before a public employee’s employment can be terminated. Just cause protections require certain due process procedural and substantive safeguards to be satisfied before an employee with such protections is terminated.
- No Department policies, procedures, rules, or regulations were violated by Chief Hunt. All Departmental policies contemplate actions taken directly by an employee, and not by an employee’s minor child.
- In light of existing employment legal protections, and the undisputed facts, Chief Hunt has not been shown to have engaged in any behavior sufficient to establish the “just cause” necessary to justify his termination or to invoke any other discipline.”
Additionally, Johnna Hunt – Chief Hunt’s wife – is set to be reinstated as principal at Hillside Intermediate School in Naugatuck, according to the Citizen News.
An independent investigation found that she does not appear to harbor or express racial bias or racial views.
She’s been on leave since her daughter’s racially charged posts resurfaced. Principal Hunt will be reinstated to a remote central office role and will no longer serve as an associated principal. She’ll be reinstated as Hillside’s principal in July.
Additionally, the Borough of Naugatuck has fully cooperated with a separate investigation conducted by the NAACP.
There was also another independent investigative report into the incident that reached a similar conclusion. You can read that here.