NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - There are two Northampton Police Department employees on paid administrative leave amid allegations of stolen funds and Friday night 22News is learning more about who they are.
According to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, those two people are Capt. Scott Savino and Maryann Keating, an administrative assistant.
"It's hard that you can't trust your own police department. It's kind of sad," said Northampton's Mike Richardson.
Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz released a written statement Thursday about the matter but dodged the 22News I-Teams questions related to the investigation the next day. "Nope not going to talk anything about it, thanks," Narkewicz said.
In his written statement, the Mayor said the Chief launched an investigation after he heard of improprieties related to payroll records.
To avoid conflict of interest, the investigation is being handled outside the county by Hampden County DA Mark Mastroianni.
"Not that I have anything negative to say about corruption in this town but that's, you know, having an outside investigation is always best in any situation because you never know who else could be involved," said Nadav Havusha, Northampton.
Savino earned more than $107,845 last year and Keating earned $37,530.
Until the investigation is complete, some members of the community stay optimistic its a misunderstanding.
"Hopefully it's not the case. Trusting police, you want to know that they're leaning for the right thing to do for the community and honest and really credible in what they do, held accountable as well," said Anne-Marie Campbell.
Mastroianni isn't saying much about the investigation either, only that he is handling the matter.