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The entire discussion was recorded by SCTV and divided into the on-line videos at bottom of page.  Scroll down and click on a player to watch that video, or view the entire meeting here:   http://www.salisburyma.gov/communityTV/SCTselectmenvideo.html 

(UPDATE 2015:  Nothing has changed in the world of government corruption, and the status quo continues to sweep all wrongdoing under the rug and ignore the obvious.  No justice for those not connected, and as can be expected in any cover up, the scathing report on L’Esperance has been scrubbed from the internet.  It was deemed shoddy by none other than L’Esperance himself, and now L’Esperance is FREE to happily receive his $69,000.00 pension, practice law, and, of course, continue to do all that he does.   So is the state of LAW and JUSTICE in America, but viewing the link from the Salisbury Selectmen and Public Response to Report on Police Chief is a crash course in how crime pays off well for those under cover of law!)

More than a year after so much has come out about a Police Chief’s corruption described as:  ” …the most damning pattern of abuses of police power seen in this region,” disgraced former Police Chief of Salisbury, David L’Esperance is free to walk the streets, and practice LAW.  Stripped of his gun and badge, he was on paid leave  pending an investigation, when he abruptly retired from all police work as he was scheduled to meet with the investigator, insuring he would not be obliged to cooperate, or answer any questions.   L’Esperance’s retirement under allegations of trading drugs for sex [MUST read to end, scathing 31-page report] and many other felonies provided a $45K windfall for back sick and vacation pay, and that he could start collecting almost $70K annually from his taxpayer funded pension.  He has yet to be charged for ANYTHING the report revealed.

oh the irony“What we found as we investigated was that we shouldn’t wait,” L’Esperance said. “We had to make arrests and pick off the people who were transporting drugs into this community and those selling them here.  As we got tips from people in the community of suspicious activities in their neighborhood, we had to act”.

The Moral of the story is CRIME PAYS, especially for this individual whose duty was to “enforce” the law.  Those in the private sector would be locked up, and have been, for far less, even by L’Esperance himself, who, among many other atrocities, committed “assault and battery of handcuffed arrestees” (@ 8:22) and many more horrors against citizens he was sworn to “serve and protect”.

To date, L’Esperance faces only the charges brought against him by Salisbury Police for crimes committed while he was Chief of Police there.   [L’Esperance probe under way] No investigation has been undertaken relative to the many improprieties he is believed to have perpetuated against the public, and through the courts in his 20 plus years of serving on the police force in West Newbury which included working for the drug task force, as well as being the court liaison for West Newbury in Newburyport District Court where he could determine who and what did or did not get prosecuted, and influenced many outcomes.

Read more to learn how corruption embeds itself, is nurtured, and thrives, right in your own backyards, while public officials do nothing to stop it.

Background Information:

Salisbury Police complained of L’Esperance’s corruption and reign of terror for 4 years with nobody listening to them. Before that, Kristi Devine went to the Selectmen, DOJ, DA, AG, FBI, State Rep, and more while no one listened.   It took out of state police to blow the whistle on him, yet he is still free to commit crimes when he is a known threat to the public, and he practices LAW.

If anything can attest to the critical and vital importance of Selectmen in overseeing the integrity of their police department, and holding people accountable, it is the conduct of David L’Esperance, a police officer in West Newbury for 20 years before rising to the level of Chief two towns over.  Devine, and others, complained to Selectmen, for the last 11 years, (since 2000 when the Devines moved to West Newbury), and literally begged for an investigation into the goings on at the West Newbury Police Department – – – to no avail. [Selectmen deny Devine’s bid for independent police probe September 9, 2011]

Despite the litany of complaints, even by police officers, no one would listen or do anything to stop L’Esperance.  Selectmen and then Police Chief Dennis were more than happy to allow this to continue unchecked.

Real News pp 1&2  Even after a stay-at-home mom (Devine), was falsely arrested, (3 times), incarcerated in prison,  and exiled from her home and family, all orchestrated by L’Esperance with the knowing support and assistance of then Chief Dennis, and current Chief Holmes; no one raised an eyebrow.

In January of 2006, L’Esperance was promoted to Sergeant while Devine’s trial for the almost dozen false charges that led to her false arrests, imprisonment, and exile was scheduled for the 31st of that month.  On the 31st, ALL charges were DISMISSED.  Yet no one, most especially Selectmen who were consistently apprised of the situation, ever bothered to ponder, question, or investigate how this could happen to a stay-at-home mom who had pleaded for their intervention.  http://www.newburyportnews.com/opinion/x962029634/Woman-was-courageous-to-tell-her-story

West Newbury Selectmen still ignore the crimes committed by L’Esperance under their watch, and pretend this ‘new’ evidence has no bearing on what they allowed to go on in their town for 2 decades.  In fact, Selectmen Knowles and Cushing aren’t even ashamed when they disclose that they have not read the Administrative Investigation on Chief David L’Esperance, January 24, 2011.  It is inconceivable that West Newbury Selectmen accept the premise that no one in their town, most especially L’Esperance’s supervisors witnessed his criminal behavior.  This becomes all the more ludicrous when Salisbury officers claim L’Esperance did not know the how, when, or why to make legal arrests, and screams of their reckless disregard and concern for the rights and safety of their citizens.  It does, however, attest to why nothing has changed in West Newbury.

L’Esperance could only become what he is today through the support, even empowerment of and by Selectmen who stood behind, and/or ignored, blatant incompetence, deceit, and worse during Chief Dennis’ (L’Esperance’s mentor) watch.  [L’Esperance, critic trade complaints December 28, 2011]  That the current Chief, who replaced Dennis, was at all times L’Esperance’s supervisor and has not come forward with anything that indicates she ever saw or knew of the criminal activities L’Esperance engaged in under her supervision, and in some cases, with her participation, is the basis for how this sort of depraved corruption, and indifference embeds itself, festers, spreads to other communities, and continues the status quo in West Newbury as though no one is the wiser.  Perhaps officials are not the wiser, but the more likely scenario is that they just don’t care, as More charges against ex-chief December 24, 2011 come out almost a year after L’Esperance was stripped of his badge and gun, and still the investigation only focuses on what he did in Salisbury. 

This lack of accountability and vigilance is how corruption continues, uninterrupted.  It can and will go on everywhere until something changes, or is done to root it out, and stop it from becoming firmly rooted and entrenched.  That L’Esperance’s ascent was possible in but one, little, rural town that most people have never heard of is astounding in its own right, but that no one does anything about it serves as a red flag to what else lurks below the surface while officials conduct their “business as usual”.

The actual details of some of this behavior is mind numbing, particularly when you keep in mind L’Esperance lost his son as a result of a drug overdose at the tender age of twenty. 

First, a little background from the town where L’Esperance was trained and nurtured before becoming one of the most notoriously corrupt Police Chiefs:  Two of the three current West Newbury Selectmen, (Knowles and Cushing), [Wading into West Newbury’s political quicksand, August 29, 2011] have been on the Board for the majority of more than the past decade in the town where L’Esperance spent  20 plus years of training on the police force.  Concurrent to the long overdue investigation into L’Esperance two towns over, in West Newbury Controversy swirls amid election May 2, 2011 around then Finance Director of 19 years, Tracy Blais.

Blais was married to former Police Chief of West Newbury, Jon Dennis, who in late 2007 was forced into early retirement entitling him to his Mass pension while he commutes ten minutes away over the border to serve as Police Chief in NH.  As husband and wife became a power couple in West Newbury, and the two highest paid employees of the town, Blais unofficially ran the town, but husband Dennis gets all credit for L’Esperance’s rise to power, including conveniently promoting him to Sergeant just in time to qualify him to apply for Chief in Salisbury in 2006.

All of the above local West Newbury officials were and still are very cozy and considered close friends with State Representative Harriet Stanley, who, though stating this is her last term, has been ‘their’ rep for most of the 20 years this cabal was running the show.  She has of recent, however, been unusually silent on all issues related to the Town she represents and lives in, EXCEPT In the matter of Tracy Blais April 27, 2011.  Just prior to the election for Selectman where Dirty politics alleged in West Newbury document mailing March 21, 2011 centered on efforts to get Knowles re-elected from a seat he lost when he ran unopposed, Stanley came out in the local press in strenuous defense of Blais acknowledging their friendship, and making inquiries to the Inspector General on Blais’ behalf.  (Also noteworthy, especially in the context of a mailing scandal, is that Selectman Cushing is, and has been the local mailman throughout this ‘era’).

The rebuttal to Stanley’s well, or ill timed published opinion, (depending on which side of the aisle you were on) was a letter to editor entitled Harriett Stanley, misrepresentative April 29, 2011.  As is the case in most all the links provided, the blogger’s comments are even more insightful to what was, and is going on beyond what is in the articles themselves, most especially when Stanley herself chimes in on the blogs.

Stanley’s efforts to vindicate Blais confirmed the fact that Blais was under investigation by the Inspector General’s Office, and made clear Stanley was writing and intervening on her friend Blais’ behalf.  The Blais controversy arose first from Selectmen divided over finance director’s job review September 14, 2010, and culminated with Town severs ties with administrator, February 19, 2011. But it was the Board disputes Blais’ bonuses March 9, 2011 that left Board mum on Blais’ dismissal March 4, 2011.   All the while the Finance director denies wrongdoing, March 11, 2011 as citizens/taxpayers awaited the results of the first independent audit of the finance department in Blais’ 19 year tenure.

Prior to the completion of the forensic audit, and before the Finance Director most responsible for anything good or bad that might come out of it had time to worry about unemployment, Newbury tapped ousted finance head March 23, 2011  and Blais accepts job as town administrator April 1, 2011 the next town over.  Blais assumes new position as Newbury town administrator April 21, 2011], above all other candidates, no doubt in large part a result of State Rep Stanley’s strong endorsement of her friend, despite the prevailing rumors and controversy in the abutting town.  Not long after West Newbury selectmen, ousted official hold private meeting, June 28, 2011 because Ex-finance boss brings suit vs. town June 29, 2011 seeking $500K in damages July 15, 2011.

West Newbury’s lack of transparency and non-existent accountability continued as Officials won’t release town finance audit  July 5, 2011 after the draft was released and taxpayers learned the  Financial auditor says: ‘It’s pretty bad’  July 8, 2011.  It would be 5 months of citizens writing letters to the editor stating Public has right to see audit July 15, 2011, editorials like Selectmen need to practice open government July 18, 2011, and articles lamenting West Newbury selectmen still refuse to make audit public October 7, 2011 before the Controversial report was made public November 15, 2011.

All the while the town is being sued by Blais, Chairman of the Board, Knowles, is meeting with her privately behind the scenes, acknowledging they are ALL friends, yet refusing to recuse himself, or release the damning audit.  But this conflict was soon to be forgotten in the wake of new allegations of police misconduct centering on West Newbury’s current Police Chief Holmes.  An article disclosing a Police Probe possible December 16, 2011 discussed a report on the latest complaints of police misconduct promised for December 28, 2011.  At that Selectmen’s meeting it was disclosed the report has been pushed into the new year, and is being completed by Mike McCarron, West Newbury’s Town Counsel/Town Clerk. [Police department report delayed to Jan. 11, 2011]

These officials, all of whom were in positions of authority, if not direct supervision of L’Esperance during his tenure in West Newbury have completely ignored the following as it made headlines throughout the prior year beginning with his suspension December 7, 2010.

MEANWHILE: the beat goes on from the ‘origins’ of L’Esperance and those who helped his rise to power as Against the wishes of one board member, selectmen met behind closed doors with former Finance Director Tracy Blais late Atwood brings complaint over ‘off-record’ discussion » Local News Atwood filed a formal Open Meeting Law complaint to the town clerk’s office Monday Selectmen need to practice open government » Opinion

Documents discovered about police » Local News » NewburyportNews The file, found in the selectmen’s office by Selectman Tom Atwood, may indicate a Atwood, who said he discovered the folder in a desk drawer one evening while

Officials seek answers on probe of former police chief » Local  L’Esperance, 51, was arraigned last week on two felony and two misdemeanor counts of larceny. Three of the charges stem from allegations he

Justice moves too slowly in police probe » Opinion Since December, when L’Esperance was placed on paid leave from Salisbury police and the probe of the allegations began, there has been a

L’Esperance investigation digs deeper » Local Prior to being hired five years ago as Salisbury’s chief, L’Esperance had worked for more than 20 years in West Newbury. He retired earlier this

Wading into West Newbury’s political quicksand » Opinion West Newbury’s political turmoil has opened a Pandora’s box. Now it’s time for it to live with the detritus…

From Daily News August 30, 2011:   A request by Atwood to have a discussion on the status of the audit put on the agenda for last Wednesday’s meeting was rejected by Knowles. Atwood asked that the chairman provide a list of outstanding actions that need to occur before the audit can be released and a time line for when they will be completed, to which Knowles responded, “so noted.” A public documents complaint filed by The Daily News after a request for the audit was denied by town counsel is being reviewed by state officials.

The board acknowledged receipt of a letter from Kristi Devine calling for a forensic investigation into the police department and possible abuses of power by L’Esperance and other officers. Both Knowles and Cushing declined to discuss the letter in detail until they had a chance to review it with town counsel and notify the police chief so she could be present for the discussion.

“It advised L’Esperance that he was not going to be covered by the town’s professional liability insurance coverage for a lawsuit from plaintiff Jeffrey Phaneuf,” Harrington said. “The particular letter would have raised a level of concern on my part if I’d seen it during (Special note:  on all of the links to newspaper articles provided, there are bloggers, often adding to information not otherwise in the articles.)

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At his arraignment, L’Esperance stood before the same prosecutor and judge he worked with over the last decade plus to bring charges against those ‘he’ was charging and arresting.  He was ordered to reappear to the same courthouse in August.  (In sharp contrast to L’Esperance, a Police Chief who is alleged to have traded drugs and money for sex, and has thus far only been charged for larceny, a former police officer in Plainfield, MA has been indicted by a grand jury for drug possession following an investigation by the AG’s office –  http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/crime/x311102151/Former-Plainfield-cop-indicted-in-Mass#axzz1Rqv5QqQk)

Ex-Mass. police chief faces criminal charges

A more chronological report, including links to news articles, videos, and further updates follows this recent report of his ARRAIGNMENT (from when his badge and gun were finally removed after a 24 plus year career in law enforcement).   During this time, taxpayers funded his tuition to LAW SCHOOL, and now this corrupt, disgraced Police Chief currently practices law in the very courts he is being arraigned in when he is a known threat to public safety.  

Read more and see video: 11 Jul 2011 http://www.myfoxboston.com/dpp/news/crime_files/crime_watch/ex-mass-police-chief-faces-criminal-charges-25-apx-20110711  

(in unrelated, but “related” news, the forensic audit regarding the former finance director of West Newbury, wife of former police chief who L’Esperance mentored and was empowered by, has been released.  The public has not been allowed to see what they paid $25,000.00 for, because the same selectmen who still refuse to do an independent investigation of their police department where L’Esperance was a police officer for 20 years before becoming Salisbury’s Chief, are on their third revision and will not say when the public can see it:  http://www.newburyportnews.com/local/x614900220/Financial-auditor-Its-pretty-bad )

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Posted July 4, 2011:  We can only hope that the former Police Chief of Salisbury, David L’Esperance, is the worst of the corruption in Massachusetts’ police departments, but there is little reason to have confidence in that being the case given what’s known of L’Esperance’s corruption and crimes, and that he has not even been charged for a single one of them.  Fact is, after he was stripped of his badge and gun, and put on paid leave pending an investigation, things have only gotten better for L’Esperance.  He resigned from police work when the scheduled interview with the investigator was to commence so that he would not be obliged to cooperate.  This provided that he could collect his close to $60,000.00 annual taxpayer-funded pension at the tender age of 50, in addition to receiving a windfall of almost $50,000.00 for back sick and vacation days.  All the while, those who knew him said he ‘worked’ very few hours a day, and likely committed more crimes than most of the “alleged” criminals he put behind bars.

But, it gets better, or more accurately WORSE for citizens and taxpayers of the Commonwealth.  L’Esperance, has joined a law office in Lynn, and literally practices law in the very courts that he prosecuted those, who according to the article below, may or may not have done anything wrong.  While we read everyday of people arrested for things that pale in comparison to what witnesses, including police officers, claim in a long list of crimes committed by L’Esperance when on the police department, he walks among us freely as a known threat to public safety.  That he practices law screams to the fact that something is very wrong with our system.  At its root is that throughout L’Esperance’s career, he was empowered and emboldened to commit more and more crimes and wrongs with raises and promotions from public officials who ignored the outcry from their citizenry, as well as police.  Most chilling is the lives he’s affected and destroyed as this article from a newspaper details the story of just one of what is likely to be many of those who suffered as a result of this corruption: (More information on L’Esperance can be found with links to various news sources at LAWLESSAMERICA, as well as elsewhere on this site)

Police Chief David J. L’Esperance   Chief L’Esperance joined the department as its Chief on April 24, 2006. He came to the department from the West Newbury Police Department, where he held the rank of Sergeant. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Springfield College and a law degree from the Massachusetts School of Law. He passed the bar in 2003.

 2011 INVESTIGATION:  31-page scathing report reveals more than a dozen instances of abuse of power, according to the Lawrence Eagle Tribune.  It concluded that former Salisbury police Chief David L’Esperance, 50, not only exchanged drugs for sex, falsified police records and interfered with crime scenes and arrests.  The report, conducted by former Salem police Chief Robert St. Pierre, also painted a picture of a chief described by his own officers as a “Jekyll and Hyde” character who ran the department through fear and intimidation. 

In 2009 Maria Stephanos spoke with David L’Esperance about drug use.   Watch the interview here. 

Salisbury police Chief David L’Esperance said the department is a member of the Essex County District Attorney’s Regional Drug Task Force in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration. The investigation was initiated by Swampscott police detectives and involved Massachusetts and New Hampshire state, local and federal officials.  “Salisbury police provided security, surveillance and logistical support,” said Steve O’Connell, Essex County District Attorney spokesman. “We continue to enjoy an outstanding relationship with that department.”

 4090097NT.jpgSalisbury Town Hall February 14, 2011

A large crowd gathers at Salisbury Town Hall last night, as the selectmen allowed comments on the St. Pierre Report regarding former police Chief David L’Esperance. Ben Laing/ Staff Photo February 15, 2011

Officials sorry for inaction on chief

By Angeljean Chiaramida  The Daily News of Newburyport  SALISBURY — Selectmen asked residents to attend last night’s meeting and comment on the scandal surrounding former police Chief David L’Esperance, and selectmen ended up being taken out to the woodshed, accused of turning a blind eye to problems with L’Esperance for years before the recent crisis broke . . .
But last night, what L’Esperance did wasn’t at issue. The major concern is how he was hired in 2006 in the first place, and why selectmen and Harrington didn’t act when rumors arose of serious problems with L’Esperance, many allegations brought by his own police officers.
Public Speaks Over Ex-Salisbury Police Chief Scandal  (WMUR News Video)  David L’Esperance Accused Of Abusing Power To Protect Suspects, Trophy Hunting
 SALISBURY, Mass. — The board of selectmen in Salisbury invited the public to speak about the scandal in a meeting Monday evening.  Salisbury police Officer Dan McNeil stood before his town selectmen asking why former Police Chief David L’Esperance was not investigated when police unions raised concerns years ago.  “Until we all stand up and take responsibility, (we cannot leave this) behind us and move forward,” McNeil said   . . .    The report also alleged L’Esperance abused power by protecting some suspects and trophy hunting, or taking items at crime scenes.   The investigation was launched after police in New Hampshire heard reports of wrongdoing.
Kristi Devine, of West Newbury, said she was harassed by the former chief when she complained.  “If you can imagine that your life would be destroyed by one bad cop, I’m the living example,” Devine said.

Salisbury widens investigation of Police Department, ex-chief 

    West Newbury Citizen Devine followed by Sgt. Scione who rattles off what he and other officers did for years to report their Police Chief L’Esperance’s crimes.  Refers to him as   “Criminal with a badge”
@4:14 Devine of WN,  @7:12 Michael Goodridge
 @4:10 Freeman Condan  When report came out, shocked and angered, but not surprised, because he had heard it all before.  “You had to know what was going on, everybody knew.”  He started talking to Board of Selectmen about L’Esperance’s criminal behavior in 2007, February 1st. . . “We have to add accountability and responsibility to the Board of Selectmen”
 0 – 2:30 Brian McMannimum – Vice Chairman of  Liquor License Association “three years, everybody knew”… “Somebody could have gotten killed” then forward to 11:50 Devine requesting that Selectmen ask AG to come in.
 Paul Greany, 67 year life long resident and business owner in town, Retired Police Officer of over 30 years, 5 years as a Chief, 5 years as Major in Mass State Police as Bureau Commander, Life member of Mass Chief’s of Police Assoc., and Int’l Police Assoc. and graduate of the FBI academy.  The system has failed, integrity at an all time low, system is broken.  Two years ago, letter of vote of no confidence of Police Chief, Board and Town Manager took no action except to ridicule Police Department in the Daily News … followed with the Chief is held in high esteem by all the other Chiefs, “I almost fell off the coach”.  “As time went on, you could not go into a public place in town without people talking about the daily escapades of the Chief.”  Spoke with a selectman who had gone to other agencies and no one was willing to take on the police chief.  If the system worked this would never have been allowed to go on for so long.  Vicarious liability = immediate supervisor knew, or should have known that this criminal activity was going on.
   Devine on Personnel file and asks if he was qualified to carry gun at very beginning, then Paul Greany @5:55, Harrington @ 7:10, “no control of what FBI & DA choose to do”
 Devine @ 0 -5:12 answering questions from Board.  Board apologizing.

For entire public meeting visit this link: http://www.salisburyma.gov/communityTV/SCTselectmenvideo.html

UPDATE:

Police union newsletter blasts chief  Publication takes harsh stand on L’Esperance  February 24, 2011

The piece — boldly identified as editorial and bearing the headline “REPORT: Salisbury Police Chief Dirty Cop” — appears on the front page of the February issue of Beyond the Badge, which calls itself New England’s Premier Law Enforcement Publication in its masthead.

. . . and there’s always more points of interest in the blogs affiliated with every L’Esperance story:

 vikings85 in reply to joecranny:I just went back and watched the Youtube of Freeman Condon’s speech at the February 14 Salisbury selectmen’s meeting. Anyone interested in this case- please watch this. The whole meeting is on there at the town’s website: www.salisburyma.gov/communityT…
According to Condon’s testimony, four years ago- February 1, 2007, Mr. Condon alerted town officials about the same criminal actions which were in the St. Pierre report and nothing was done.  I hope that the reason no indictment has gone down yet is because all the years of L’Esperance’s criminal activity is being carefully investigated, and maybe the people over the years who have helped his “career” along are being investigated too.
Good for the editorial for being “harsh by journalistic standards”-a show of righteous indignation is surely merited in this case.  Big time.

 March 2011:

SALISBURY — Former Salisbury police Chief David L’Esperance may have retired under the dark cloud of controversy due to allegations of criminal wrongdoing, but the town has paid him almost $44,700 in unused sick/vacation leave, as state law requires.

SALISBURY — Turmoil continues to swirl in the Salisbury Police Department with the abrupt resignation of acting police Chief Kevin Sullivan yesterday.

The only entity in Salisbury that can arrest the chief is the PD, but they lack the intestinal fortitude to do so and they continue to cover his butt and their butts.

Ditto to everything Nbpt_Justice says, but maybe this audit will surface some more of the same ‘mistakes’ she paid to her husband, the Police Chief, as in, you know, the guy who let L’Esperance run wild and then become Salisbury’s problem. Have faith Salisbury, maybe West Newbury will finally clean up their own mess instead of making it ours. Then again, maybe not. The way things are going, it’s conceivable we’ll end up with Blais too. Politics has a funny way of recycling these types.

http://www.newburyportnews.com/local/x1498148552/Salisbury-selectmen-narrow-criteria-for-police-chief-search-committee

MORE LINKS:  WEASEL AWARDS #579 goes to Salisbury, Massachusetts POLICE CHIEF – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iu1a7LQdz_g , 7 News – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQbGTVMGZYA&feature=related ,

TWISTS & TURNS:  L’Esperance’s twenty years of serving as a police officer in West Newbury’s Police Department is being questioned because his criminal career is believed to have begun there, and may have been concealed by officials.  Unlike in Salisbury where L’Esperance was the highest ranking officer in the Police Department, in West Newbury, L’Esperance had three supervisors he was accountable to, Former West Newbury Chief John Dennis, current West Newbury Chief Lisa Holmes, and retired Sergeant Courtemanche, all of whom were L’Esperance’s superiors for the several years prior to his becoming Police Chief of Salisbury.

Dennis, named by L’Esperance as “his mentor”, took early retirement in Mass in 2007, about a year after L’Esperance became Salisbury’s Chief.  (Dennis currently travels over the border where he is South Hampton, NH’s current Police Chief allowing him to collect his pension in Mass while working out-of-state).  Meanwhile, Dennis’ wife, Tracey Blais, the Finance Director of West Newbury for the past 19 years has just recently learned her contract will not be renewed,  and has herself come under scrutiny: http://www.newburyportnews.com/local/x977544217/Board-disputes-Blais-bonuses  and Blais denies any wrong-doing.

Many wonder if this is the beginning of the domino effect.  West Newbury resident, Kristi Devine, who spoke out in Salisbury about the abuses of L’Esperance in her town while Selectmen there turned a blind eye, consistently complained to Selectmen of L’Esperance’s and other police improprieties since moving to town in 2000 when she faced her first false charges where the key witness in her trial was Police Chief Dennis.  She was acquitted, but that was only the beginning of the multiple false charges that would ensue over the next decade continuing right up to the present day.

Meanwhile, Devine’s frustration of the ongoing lack of transparency and accountability from the Board of Selectmen pertaining to anything they don’t want to deal with continues uninterrupted to date.  Most recently Selectmen refused to release a forensic audit that taxpayers paid $25,000.00 for relative to matters concerning their finance director of 19 years, http://www.newburyportnews.com/local/x357285017/Officials-wont-release-town-finance-audit, and just prior to that, taxpayers learned of Blais’ intention to sue the Town, http://www.newburyportnews.com/local/x236810601/West-Newbury-selectmen-ousted-official-hold-private-meeting.  Concurrently, while West Newbury officials continue to pretend everything is fine in their town, Salisbury has expanded the investigation and time frame for the second, follow-up report on L’Esperance’s criminal activities under their watch, http://www.newburyportnews.com/local/x1692752061/Police-report-delayed

Stay tuned, because this story will likely never end.  Where is:

https://sosmass.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/coakley-pledges-crackdown-on-corruption-fraud/

This page is continually updated with new developments in these various stories emanating from L’Esperance’s recently unveiled abuses of power. Many more people may go down if ever the investigation of him is expanded to all who aided and abetted in his criminal activities and his rise to power as this is just tip of the iceberg.  Check back later and frequently.

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8 comments on “Corrupt Chief of Police

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  2. integrity1st
    June 28, 2011

    You need a section for Corrupt Mayors, and well, I guess state reps (I don’t think Wikerson is the only one), Councilmen (Turner), State Speakers of the House (Dimasi, and well, I guess the last three), the probation department, and well, I guess anyone else that gets investigated. til then, they just keep on truckin’. A mayor who was a state rep:
    http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2011/06/26/distant_island_city_enjoyed_lantigua_largesse/?comments=all#readerComm

    aTRUEseer wrote:
    1. Thank goodness there are FEDERAL Prosecutors, because even after the Globe and Herald provide the details apparently no one in our State AG’s office can read because they sit there deaf dumb and blind, unless of course someone violates the Union backed ‘prevailing wage law’, or want to overturn the federal DOM act. Next it will smoking ban violations and lemon aid stands without permits.
    2.Lantigua is the product of one of the past Amnesty Programs, and Patrick and Obama were so enthralled with the results they want to add MILLIONS more that will be permanent parasites on the LEGAL taxpaying citizens.
    6/26/2011 9:10 AM EDT

    pvalen wrote:
    Perfect system.
    The country pays for support of immigrants.
    Immigrants ship out country’s assets.
    6/26/2011 9:10 AM EDT

    chocktawkid wrote:
    Where is Martha on this ???
    What a freekin ZERO!
    6/26/2011 9:30 AM EDT

    Subidai wrote:
    Does anyone else think that if any public office official and/or police officer who betrays the public’s trust or laws should be accountable to double the extent of the law? Why do they keep getting away with stuff like this and able to hide from the consequences? All money should be paid back by Lantigua from his court appointed job of flipping burgers at a Lawrence McDonalds. That should keep the hero of Lawrence in town for a while.
    6/26/2011 9:44 AM EDT

  3. integrity1st
    July 28, 2011

    Well, you might as well cover all the dirt coming out of the small town of West Newbury. Let’s see, first, the Chief who could be credited with giving L’Esperance his “start” in life, retired and collects a pension from Mass, while working full time as Police Chief in NH. Then Salisbury got our police officer L’Esperance as their Chief, and Newbury got the ousted Finance Director, (wife to old Chief), as their Town Manager. And let’s not forget that the Town Counsel she made the first Town Counsel/Town Clerk in the state of Mass, went on to the Town of Andover with all his expertise of covering up for ALL OF THE ABOVE. Seems everyone gets their start in West Newbury before moving on to even better things, doing quite well for themselves, all at the taxpayers’ expense.

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  6. Me
    July 21, 2012

    Sounds like chief Denis hukowicz from Hadley MA… Except hukowicz is worse

    • Steve
      January 7, 2015

      I’d like to no more, because you are correct.

  7. David doody
    June 10, 2013

    Where were the news papers and tv news?

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