Investigation ends, Auburn officer quits
BULINE: GRETYL MACALASTER, Union Leader Correspondent
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Auburn, NH

2010-09-21_Investigation ends Auburn officer quits
Former Auburn police Lt. David Flight is shown in this undated file photo. (NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS ARCHIVES)

AUBURN – A 21-year police department veteran has resigned after a three-week-long internal investigation into missing evidence.

The police commission met in nonpublic session yesterday and accepted Lt. David Flight’s resignation.

Few details were released about the investigation, which began when an officer noticed missing evidence. Flight had supervisory authority over the evidence room.

According to a news release from the department, “the investigation, which is now concluded, did not result in actionable findings.”

Flight had been placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.

The police commission met with town counsel yesterday before entering into the nonpublic session. Commission Chairman Ken Robinson, Sr., said the board agreed to accept the terms of a separation agreement with Flight, but would not give details of that agreement.

Police Chief Edward Picard would not say what evidence was missing. He said no action was taken against anyone else in the 21-member department, which includes 10 part-timers and seven full-timers, as well as civilian staff.

Town Administrator Bill Herman said Picard made the decision to do an internal investigation instead of referring the matter to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office.

Flight served as the prosecutor for the police department and also assisted the county attorney and AG’s office in preparing criminal cases for felony-level offenses that occurred in the town of Auburn.

The police commission had been scheduled to meet Oct. 5, but met in a special session yesterday.

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September 21, 2010

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