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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