Something seems to happen to people and institutions when they are successful. It happened to banker Dick Covell. When he was in his home building of the Northampton Institute for Savings on Main Street in 1984, he was known as a “hands-on” administrator who ran a tight operation. But then they grew and with all the money from the IPO, Covell moved into his big castle down in Holyoke with the gold-plated faucets and the 360 degree views of the valley. In castles people in charge often loose touch with the people and day to day operations of their organizations. I look at the police station these days and I see Russell Sienkiewicz up there in his spacious corner office in the tower overlooking Center Street as a man who got his dream and lost control of his organization.
On Monday September 9, 2013 the chief “became aware of problems with the department payroll”, presumably after a meeting with Jody Kasper, chief of detectives. Both he and Joe Koncas were walking around “looking like zombies” for many days.
That Thursday September 12, the Chief “launched his own internal investigation.” (The Republican, 9/27) The same day Sienkiewicz notified DA David Sullivan “of the situation” after gathering information. David Sullivan denied me access to this communication on 5/12/14. It was a one day investigation by the Chief since any real investigation would have put the Chief and his top administrative officer on the carpet too. What is much more likely is there was no investigation at all.