On Monday night, City Councilor Brad Lown spoke in approval of a separation agreement for Stephen DuBois, a Police Chief who had been accused of financial exploitation. The case allegedly states that Goodwin, a police officer working under DuBois, had worked on a case involving an elderly resident and was later gifted her house in her will. The suit filed claims that the elderly lady was exploited by DuBois though Lown has openly said he had limited involvement on the case, only being a late arrival.
This was met with disagreement from attorney Paul McEachern, who acted as co-counsel during the validity case which resulted in a finding that Sgt. Aaron Goodwin, since terminated from the police force, had gained control of the elderly resident’s estate, worth more than $2m, unlawfully.
The Severance Deal
Early in October, Lown advised his fellow councilors to agree to the endorsement of a revised separation agreement with Chief DuBois, which would see him leave his position in the police force by the 1st January and then pay him three months of severance pay. With two years left on DuBois’ contract, it was hoped that this deal would be cheaper than having to fork out for the cost of a lawsuit.
Lown noted also that DuBois has served in the Police Department for twenty-two years, and said that at the time DuBois became chief, no wrongdoing was found involving Goodwin and Webber by the state, after an independent investigation into the matter was conducted.
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No Evidence of an Offense
Lown said that he agrees DuBois has made mistakes, but he doesn’t see any evidence of an offense worth terminating the chief. According to Lown, the severance agreement is the best option, as any alternatives are worse.
However, McEachern says that there was ‘no particular reason’ as to why DuBois did not testify in court during the ten-day probate hearing which was held to dispute the inheritance left to Goodwin by Webber. He states that other officers who did testify, including former deputy chief Corey MacDonald, said that the entire command staff knew from as early as January 2011 that Ms. Webber had wanted to leave Goodwin her house, with DuBois being amongst those who were aware of this.
Friends Off Duty
MacDonald testified during the hearing in April that by February of 2011, the fact that Aaron Goodwin was believed to be in receipt of a house left to him as an inheritance by Webber, who he had met whilst on duty a few months prior, was common knowledge. According to MacDonald, the then-police chief Lou Ferland, DuBois – then deputy – and three different police captains were all aware that Goodwin was expecting to inherit a house. MacDonald also included in his testimony that the police made a policy decision in relation to the relationship between Goodwin and Webber, stating that an agreement had been reached that Goodwin would be friends with Webber off-duty, and would not get involved in any police business which was pertaining to her. If you want to know about pharmaceutical fraud you should contact pharmaceutical fraud attorneys.
Webber’s designated personal police contact was Police Capt. Mike Schwartz.