WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - After a controversy that has lasted more than two years, West Springfield Police Captain Daniel O’Brien is out of a job.
22News was there as O'Brien learned his fate; receiving a letter from Mayor Greg Neffinger's office on Monday, notifying him that he has been terminated.
The captain had been suspended from the department with pay for the last two years. He is accused of six instances of misconduct, including taping a woman’s mouth shut back in September of 2011.
O'Brien told 22News that he chose not to accept a deal Friday night, because it added years onto his pension that he hadn't earned. He said it would've made the whole situation go away by retiring him, but it didn't feel right, and what he's wanted all along is a hearing to defend himself.
O'Brien says that the letter states the Mayor based his decision entirely on the investigation done by internal affairs. He says now that he's been terminated, O'Brien plans to ask for a civil service hearing to have the chance to defend himself.
He says he would've preferred to have had a hearing in town before a decision was made.
"They were claiming they would be able to add three years to my time in service, and I knew that wasn't there, and I wasn't going to sign anything that I knew was, it's almost fraudulant what they were offering me," O'Brien said.
"Our attorneys looked at it," Neffinger said. "They said he was a special police officer. He had done other things for Belchertown Police and things like that, that they felt was legitimate, that could go towards his retirement."
O’Brien had been with the West Springfield Police Department for more than 25 years.