Internal investigation underway after New London police chief put on administrative leave

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — New London’s chief of police was put on administrative leave Wednesday, less than three months after he was sworn in at City Pier.

Mayor Michael Passero put Chief Brian Wright on administrative leave with pay pending an internal investigation regarding a complaint received Wednesday. Passero wouldn’t elaborate on the complaint but said the investigation is being conducted by outside legal investigator Attorney Michael Rose and should take two to four weeks to complete. 

“I see a lot of people jumping to conclusions. ‘It’s unfair’ or ‘he hasn’t been on the job long enough’ but things happen and they just need to be thoroughly investigated,” said Attorney Gregory Massad who has an office in downtown New London. “He’ll [Rose] be able to do a great job, as long as he gets all sides and really makes the right determination without external pressures.”

While Wright is on leave for the investigation, retired Deputy Chief of the Hartford Police Department Neville Brooks will act as interim superintendent of police for the City of New London Police Department.

Passero said the city’s Chief Administrative Officer Steven Fields, who is a retired Lt. Col. with the CT State Police, helped find the qualified temporary administrator who was quickly appointed to lead the department.

News 8 did get in contact with Wright and he said he has no comment at this time.

Passero said in a statement he remains confident in Wright’s leadership.

“I know there [has] been some internal turmoil in the department. Everybody who lives and works here knows that,” Massad said. “I wish the chief well. I wish the department well.”

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