Police Confirm Investigation into Fire Chief

Officers have confirmed that police are looking into an incident involving the Southington Fire Chief and a volunteer firefighter, but are not releasing details on the case.

Southington Fire Chief Harold “Buddy” Clark is currently under investigation following an incident involving Clark and a volunteer firefighter, but the is remaining silent on details relating to the “active investigation.”

The investigation was initiated last week following an incident between the two, multiple police sources confirmed for Southington Patch. They would not comment further on the case.

Members of the Board of Fire Commissioners told other media outlets including the Record-Journal that they are aware of the investigation but were also unable to provide insight into the incident. They said they would wait until an investigation is complete before taking any action.

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Ann Dandow, the commission vice-chairwoman, told the Record-Journal that the commission is disappointed that the case needs to be investigated:

“I understand there’s not much we can do until the investigation is complete and we have all the facts,” Dandow said. “I hate to see a situation like this come about.”

Clark could not be reached for comment. Messages left with Lt. Lowell DePalma were not returned on Friday.

The commission will meet for a regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday in the meeting room at the , 310 N. Main St. in Southington.

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AMF June 20, 2012 at 07:26 PM
If he's under investagtion why is he still working ?? and driving around in a town car ?? Whiskey if this one gets sweeped under the rug, we'll know the good old boys club is still alive and well in town hall !!!!
Czar Gwinch June 22, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Ha! Donny, sounds like you know him well and don't really like him...like a lot of people in town. Hopefully they will push him out. I'm sure they will do it quietly, he'll retire on the town's money and live in that Vermont home.
AMF June 28, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Still no answers ???? If this was a school teacher and student, the teacher would have been fired by now, This is a joke what is taking so long, The Bristol press said " that the volunteer firefighter involved went to a local hospital for arm/wrist injuries after the alleged incident and then filed a formal complaint against Clark with the police department." Nice to know the fire chief can injure firefighters and keep his job !!!!! A firefighters job is tuff and demanding as it is, now they have to worry about a loose cannon of a boss. Town Hall do the right thing..... Get a new chief !!!!!!
fummin July 13, 2012 at 09:20 PM
I 2nd that. The guy has no personnel skills what so ever. sad
fummin July 13, 2012 at 09:32 PM
It ain't the only incident involving the egomaniac to be swept under the rug! .. and as far as people in high places abusing their positions, Mr Clark has a bit of company there. Tends to be official town vehicles in some highly questionable places. I guess depending who you are you can qualify for a few "extras" at the taxpayers expense. ... and the trickle down theory comes into play here.


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