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Northampton city council seeks answers in police investigation

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NORTHAMPTON, MA (WSHM) -

Northampton city councilors are demanding answers about the investigation involving a police captain and a department administrative assistant.

The two were investigated after allegedly faking payroll records.

The Hampden County District Attorney's office investigated former Capt. Scott Savino and administrative assistant Maryann Keating after she allegedly charged the city for hours she didn't work and he verified some of those hours.

No criminal charges stemmed from the investigation but one city councilor says permanent damage may have been done to the public trust.

"Out of fairness everyone should have an opportunity to know exactly what happened and to know the full story," said Vice President of the Northampton City Council Jesse Adams. 

Adams says the mayor and police department haven't painted a very clear picture about the investigation surrounding Savino and Keating.

The two are accused of swindling about $18,000 from the department through falsified time cards.

The council voted unanimously to approve an information request containing 20 questions for Mayor David Narkewicz.

Those questions include how the city is handling time card procedures now, and how much the two made while on paid administrative leave.

"What the possible value of the pension of Capt. Savino will be and that to me is important because that's what the taxpayers will have to pay for," Adams said. 

CBS 3 reached out to Mayor Narkewicz Friday night. Our messages weren't returned. The police department has declined to comment since the investigation came to light earlier this year.

Adams says even when his questions get answered, the damage could already be done.

"When something like this happens, there's a lot of trust that's breached and I want to help the city move forward, and I want to help restore the trust in the department," he said. 

He's expecting the mayor to respond in the coming weeks.

"The mayor's required to answer and I expect that he will."

Savino has retired from the force while Keating resigned last week.

She will have to pay the city $30,000 in restitution.

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