Town to Appeal Officer Reinstatement Ruling

Town officials plan to appeal to the state Appellate Court a ruling that ordered to reinstate police officer Justin LoSchiavo, who was fired after allegedly violating police department policy.

The town of Stratford plans to appeal a Superior Court judge's ruling to reinstate a police officer who suffered a seizure while on duty on June 6, 2009.

"The public’s safety and the integrity of our police department are too important to allow the decision to stand without seeking consideration of the appellate court, so that’s where the issue will be headed next," Mayor John A. Harkins said in a statement Tuesday after the ruling.

Two years ago, Justin LoSchiavo suffered a seizure while driving his patrol car, causing the front of his vehicle to crash into the rear of a parked car at a Stratford intersection, according to the CT Post.

The Post article said that before LoSchiavo was hired in 2006, a screening officer noted a history of seizures with the applicant, but when LoSchiavo went to a town-recommended neurologist after the 2009 crash he did not disclose that history to the doctor, which is a violation of police department policy and resulted in the firing of LoSchiavo.

"As everyone connected with this case seems to agree, Justin’s admission that he both lied to and misled the town’s doctor is more than a little problematic," Harkins said. "Now that there is a record of his dishonesty, his ability to serve in law enforcement has been compromised."

Tom October 12, 2011 at 12:51 PM
Not to mention the Make Your Day Mess they have forced onto the schools.. I wonder where the mole is hiding with that one. Hmmm
rkranz October 12, 2011 at 12:54 PM
Why not ? Every other officer they have is a complete jack ass, why not add another to the bunch.
Rusty Nail2 October 12, 2011 at 01:03 PM
In the history of towns in this country, never has one family so stuck it too the taxpayer. The parents have lived off the taxpayers their entire life both working as the Chief of Police and HR Director. Now they live in retirement with six figure income and healthcare for life off the taxpayer. Now their son gets to milk at the teet of the taxpayer. This must be in the guiness book of world records for a family that has lived the longest off the taxpayers! Let's not forget to thank our former Mayor Jimbo Miron for this. Thanks Jim!
max October 12, 2011 at 02:30 PM
The record of dishonesty lies with the offender. I hate the potential that someone who lied on their police application will be on our streets to enforce the law, and how he views what's right and wrong.. Time to sell the house and move. Why should my hard earned (and honest) taxes go on to support such bs.
earl November 16, 2011 at 11:17 AM
I watched that press conference http://www.townofstratford.com/content/1302/1944/18553.aspx Miron looks like Lou Costello putting on a dog and pony show He never mentions the waiver, hell he has giant blow ups of everything else but that.He will never say why he hired someone so clearly unfit for the position. Why not man up and say I made the decision on this hiring and I had a waiver prepared and here is my reason. You never hear the reason why? But in the end the voters saw to it that Miron was decertified has mayor and now he can only imagine about what it would be like if he was still there.
Jim Miron November 16, 2011 at 01:24 PM
"Earl" thank you for highlighting the video of hte press conference: http://www.townofstratford.com/content/1302/1944/18553.aspx For those that do not want to take "Earl's" word and want to think for themselves I encourage you to watch the video which clearly explains the process. As I said all along. Nothing improper with the decision making process. You can also see the viseo at www.JimMironBlog.com
Jim Miron November 16, 2011 at 01:26 PM
What about Police Officer Joe McNeil a friend and supporter of Mayor Harkins and President of the Police Union. He admitted under oath he lied in an official police investigation. Mayor Harkins let him off the hook. Where is the consistency?
Salvatore November 16, 2011 at 02:20 PM
Jim, when Joe McNeil lied under oath, why wasnt he fired?
Salvatore November 16, 2011 at 04:18 PM
Officers who lie in investigations should be fired, how can the public trust them?
Salvatore November 16, 2011 at 04:19 PM
Jim, Do you think if Joe McNeil was fired, do you feel that you would have been re elected?
Jezebel282 November 16, 2011 at 04:21 PM
Gee....maybe McNeil didn't lie at all. Maybe Miron is wrong. If I had the choice of believing McNeil or Miron.....
Salvatore November 16, 2011 at 04:27 PM
Mrs. Jez, Miron said that Joe McNeil lied, im just going by what the ex mayor said
Jim Miron November 16, 2011 at 04:57 PM
Officer McNeil admitted under oath he lied. Was he lying when he said that?
Salvatore November 16, 2011 at 05:01 PM
Jim, Why wasnt he let go at the time he lied?
Salvatore November 16, 2011 at 05:14 PM
Im not priveledged to to know what he lied about so im not one to make any judgement on Ofc. McNeil but I just feel officers are held to a higher standard and telling the truth always sets you free, if you lie I believe it will always surface.
Jim Miron November 16, 2011 at 05:50 PM
As I can best recall it (it has been a while) Officer McNeil admitted UNDER OATH to lying during a police investigation. The hearing officer decided to suspend him rather than fire him.
Jim Miron November 16, 2011 at 05:51 PM
Interestingly rumor has it Officer McNeil may be appointed Deputy Chied or Chief by his political ally and crony Mayor Harkins.
earl November 16, 2011 at 10:24 PM
"Jim" you say there was nothing improper with the decision making proces, but that's just because you say so. You never explain why you hired Justin Loschiavo. Why was he such a good pick? From what I've researched he was denied by Dr Kunkel of Med Now, Stratford the town doctor for employment. Next thing you know the town stops using Med Now,Stratford and Loschiavo gets a second shot with a new Town doctor in Monroe ( why Monroe? no more doctors in Stratford). Who made that decision ? was it his Mom in HR, his Dad in the PD or "Jim" in the mayor's office? Even the police detective who did his background said Loschiavo should not be hired? But he was, so who actually told him he's hired. No one ever answers that question and that press conference doesn't answer it nor do you mention the waiver concerning the seizure condition ,the both you and Loschiavo signed, in the press confernce. From what I see that waiver is the major piece of the puzzle that allowed him to be hired. So it wasn't Mommy in HR or Daddy in the PD, it was "Jimmy" in the mayor's office who allowed Loschiavo to be hired against the advice of Dr Kunkel, your CAO Branyan and the Detective and just plain common sense. You knew the hazards and you hire Loschiavo. Why did you want him so much? Do you feel he should be on the streets today with gun, driving a police car? I think you poor judgement regarding this hiring was big part of you not getting re-elected. But I think that was for the best.
Jezebel282 November 16, 2011 at 11:23 PM
Anything but talk about Loschiavo......
Mike Reynolds November 17, 2011 at 02:41 AM
"Interestingly rumor has it Officer McNeil may be appointed Deputy Chied or Chief " Doesn't that just kill you Mr. Miron? The guy who you tried to screw is actually going to get promoted. After all he was involved in an issue that helped lead to your ultimate downfall. I mean you got lambasted in the 2009 election and then soundly beaten again in the state election. It must bother you since as we all know you're a pretty vindictive guy.
Jim Miron November 17, 2011 at 03:03 AM
Anything but talk about the hypocrisy of Mr. Harkins and his intervention in Officer McNeils case....
Jim Miron November 17, 2011 at 03:05 AM
Sticks and stones, "Mike". Your inconsistency on the issues demonstrates your partisanship.
Jezebel282 November 17, 2011 at 10:31 AM
ROTFLMAO! "Inconsistency"? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! What about appointing Joseph Loschiavo to Deputy Chief? You did that, remember? Hey wait a minute...wasn't his wife in the Town's HR department? And, hold on, I almost forgot, he is Justin Lochiavo's FATHER is he? Didn't that strike you as, oh, I don't know, wrong? To sum up, it was OK to appoint a lieutenant to Deputy Chief, but somehow appointing a Captain of Patrol to Deputy Chief is wrong?
Salvatore November 29, 2011 at 06:56 PM
Hey, has anyone heard this rumor. I hear 2 Stratford Officers are involved with some sort of Stolen Car. I hear Stratford Officers were knowingly driving around in a stolen Lexus that the insurance company had already paid off on, does anyone know if this is true? Is this insurance fraud??
Rich B. August 30, 2012 at 03:48 AM
This was already discussed with Federal marshals from USMS and the head of New England Drug Enforcement Administration. As Chief Ridenhour was advised..This vehicle incident was a federal clerical mishap dealt with by the proper agency. The bashing og Pinto and Jennings is once again at the hands of Dc Joe MCDEAL and Mayor Harkins. Just call DEA BPT. They have the transcripts.
Rich B. August 30, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Lets worry about deputy police chief mcdeals current resignation pension of 175k per year and his new DC contract of 90k plus a year. Lets not ignore his nepatism towards his dfunk detective brother whom we are sure will get a padded pension soon prior to a liver transplant. Just watch the pay rate in the detective bueau over the next 3 years voters. DCMcDeal and Harkins caused your tax increase....
Rich B. August 31, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Just what we expected. a hush of wonder and the question... is this the truth??


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