LEE, Mass. (WWLP) - The Board of Selectmen in the Town of Lee have fired Police Chief Joseph Buffis, who faces extortion charges.
According to the Board, the Chief was charging his family's cell phone plan to the town so the town administrator used that as the reason to fire him.
Earlier this month, 22News broke the story on how Buffis had been charged with extorting a $4,000 donation from a Lee couple, who were facing prostitution-related charges. The Chief is accused of laundering that money through a toy fund he controlled.
According to the Berkshire Eagle, the Town Administrator suspended Buffis without pay or benefits on August 9, which was the day after a federal grand jury indicted him.
A public hearing was held Tuesday night at 7:00 inside Memorial Town Hall, located at 32 Main Street. The discussion on Chief Joseph Buffis was part of the board's regularly scheduled meeting.
Meantime, an arraignment date for Buffis still has not been set.