CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office found that there’s not enough evidence to file criminal charges against former Chicopee Mayor Mike Bissonnette.
About a year ago, City Solicitor Marshall Moriarty expressed concern that Bissonnette may have destroyed public records before leaving office.
22News was there last January when current Mayor Richard Kos publicly accused Bissonnette of intentionally deleting e-mails and documents about the Amanda Plasse murder investigation and the surrounding agreement with MGM.
The AG’s Office announced on Wednesday, after interviewing 19 people, the office will not pursue criminal charges. It did say though, Bissonette’s handling of records “was less than exemplary.”
Mayor Kos released the following statement regarding former Attorney General Martha Coakley’s investigation into allegations of missing public records:
“I wish to acknowledge the response provided to this office on January 21, 2015 regarding the Investigation into allegations of missing files and records of the City of Chicopee. The investigation was conducted at the request of Chicopee City Solicitor Marshall Moriarty’s memo dated January 15, 2014 as of a result of deleted computer data and empty files in the mayor’s office.
While we acknowledge that the investigation conducted by the office of Martha Coakley, did not rise to the level sufficient for criminal prosecution, it is highlighted in their response that conditions existed reflecting that the former mayor’s handling of Chicopee’s records was “less than exemplary’ when deleting and removing records, and that his actions were “inappropriate”.
The goal of this Administration is to utilize the areas of concern identified by the AG’s office as guidelines to prevent events such as this from ever occurring in the City of Chicopee. In light of last January’s situation, steps were immediately taken in early 2014 to remediate the deficient areas also outlined in the AGO’s letter. This office’s goal is to continue to work to provide the citizens and businesses of Chicopee total transparency with regards to City services and fiscal responsibility.”