NEWTON, Mass. (AP) – Officials in a Boston suburb are investigating a former city employee who they say shut down the police website amid a pay dispute.
Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller said the former employee, who was the police department’s chief information technology officer, shut down the department’s website in late June and July. The website instead directed visitors to a message that prompted them to do so Contact Fuller and ask the mayor to restore itthe Boston Globe reported on Friday.
Fuller said the employee controls access to the site and did not turn it over to the city. Newton has created a new Police Department website in his place. The old website was no longer active on Sunday.
Fuller told the Globe in a statement earlier this week that the employee had shut down “a vital resource for residents of the City of Newton.” The clerk told city officials in March he was quitting the job, the Globe reported. The newspaper reported that the employee felt he was owed $137,000 in compensatory time at the time the site closed, the newspaper reported.
The employee said in a statement he was “disheartened by the city’s presentation of the facts on this matter” and that he would work with the city to resolve the issue.
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