Fung Places Cranston Chief On Leave; State Police Investigating

Jan 10, 2014

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung on Friday announced he was putting the city’s police chief on paid administrative leave as the state police conduct a probe of ticket-issuing controversy.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung at an earlier press conference.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

State Police Captain Kevin Barry will temporarily take the place of Cranston Police Chief Marco Palombo. Another state police captain, Benjamin Barney, will investigate how Cranston police issued an unusually high number of tickets in the wards of two councilors who voted against a police contract in November.

Fung declined to specify why Palombo is being temporarily removed as chief. He says he can’t talk about it because it’s a personnel matter.

Fung says he invited the state police to become involved in the situation because of anonymous letters distributed in the city this week. He declined to discuss the content of the letters.

Fung is a Republican candidate for governor.