Fired Gloucester chief has ‘no involvement’ with recovery initiative

FILE - In a July 6, 2016 file photo, Gloucester, Mass., Police Chief Leonard Campanello, joined by other member of law enforcement from around the country, talks to media outside the White House, in Washington, after meeting with senior White House officials to discuss the urgent need for resources to address the nationwide prescription opioid and heroin epidemic. Campanello, who was honored by the White House for his work battling heroin addiction, is among two Gloucester police department officers who have been placed on leave. Campanello's lawyer said Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, that the investigation has "nothing to do" with Campanello's duties as police chief and he's "fully cooperating."(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

BOSTON (STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE) – The organization dismissed Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello co-founded to support police departments helping drug users enter recovery has “moved on” after his suspension and subsequent firing from the force, its chairman said.

Campanello and John Rosenthal started the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative (PAARI) to aid police seeking to emulate an effort Campanello launched in his department to steer addicts into treatment.

“He has no involvement with PAARI at this point while he tries to sort things out in his personal and professional life, and PAARI has moved on,” Rosenthal told the News Service on Tuesday. “I mean, we are growing virtually every week with new police departments, most recently several in Ohio and another one in Ellsworth, Maine.”

Campanello was put on leave in September, and Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken announced Monday that she would fire the chief, saying he had destroyed evidence during an investigation into his relationships with two women.

After Campanello was suspended, Rosenthal said the chief “stepped aside” from his work on the recovery initiative.

Asked if he foresees Campanello returning to PAARI at a later time, Rosenthal said, “I honestly don’t know.” “It’s really going to come down to what happens, and I have no control or knowledge over that,” he said. “I can tell you that what he started has saved thousands of people’s lives and prevented endless grief, and I’m very proud of him for that, and I really wish him well.”

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