Montague acting police chief placed on paid administrative leave

Franklin County

For the second time in less than a year, a Montague Police Chief has been placed on paid administrative leave. 

The town wants to assure residents that the Montague Police Department is still in good hands, despite their acting chief currently on paid administrative leave.  

Montague Acting Police Chief Chris Bonnett was arrested in town after an incident Friday morning.

Montague Town Administrator Steven Ellis could not tell us why he was arrested but said that Bonnett was placed on paid administrative leave, while State Police are conducting an investigation.

Montague Police Staff Sergeant Chris Williams has been appointed acting Chief while in the investigation is underway.

“He has served in that role before, he is a veteran officer and he’s prepared and we’re prepared to perform those responsibilities as long as may be required,” said Ellis

The Montague Police Department has been without a permanent police chief since October 2017, when the town placed then-Chief Charles Dodge on administrative leave. 

Chief Dodge resigned from the department in March.

Ellis said Bonnett is scheduled to appear in a pre-trial hearing August 9. 

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