GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Greenfield residents are raising questions about a member of the police department being investigated and put on paid administrative leave.
Lt. Todd Dodge supported and testified for former police officer Patrick Buchanan in his lawsuit against the City of Greenfield and Police Chief Robert Haigh for racially motivated discrimination. A Hampshire County Superior Court special jury found in favor of Buchanan on May 6, 2022.
Court documents received by the 22News I-Team from Greenfield residents show that on May 6, 2022, the same day as the court’s verdict, Greenfield Mayor Roxann Wedegartner sent two letters to Dodge. The first one notified him that he is under investigation after a complaint was lodged against him involving untruthfulness and violations of other undisclosed departmental rules.
A second letter places him on paid administrative leave because, “The City has initiated an investigation into allegations concerning your performance of your duties and your fitness to perform your duties. The allegations include that you recently made false allegations while under oath concerning Chief Haigh’s past conduct during testimony at the Hampshire County Superior Court.” The letter also informs Dodge that he must remain at home during his assigned shift hours, to be available for investigators, and must ask permission to leave his home during those hours.
Mayor Wedegartner provided this statement to 22News:
In regards to your email inquiry on the status of Lieutenant Todd Dodge I am responding as follows. The actions necessitating Lieutenant Dodge’s and Chief Haigh’s paid leave of absence occurred during the time the Buchanan & Dodge v. City of Greenfield case was being tried. I assure you that they are unrelated to the verdict of the jury. I’m in the process of investigating the facts and the City is retaining an independent hearing officer in this matter. Given what occurred, I have no choice but to follow through on this investigation, wherever it leads. I truly hope that in the interest of transparency, I will receive all of the information I need in order to make a further determination regarding the Lieutenant and the Chief. Because this involves personnel matters, I will have no further comment at this time.Roxann Wedegartner, Mayor, City of Greenfield
Read the Hampshire County Superior Court documents on Lt. Dodge’s complaint and letters to Dodge from Mayor Wedegartner here: