UPDATED 4:12 p.m. - Police Commission Chairman Roger McGovern has resigned from the board, just days before he was scheduled to go before the Ethics Commission. McGovern had been referred to the Ethics Commission by his fellow Police Commission members due to his actions after a minor traffic accident in August. The commission had planned a public hearing for Saturday.
McGovern submitted his resignation in a one-sentence letter dated January 1 but received by First Selectman Tim Herbst this morning. In the letter, McGovern wrote simply, “Please accept my retirement from Board of Police Commission of the Town of Trumbull effective immediately.”
Herbst said he was glad the town would be able to move on.
“I am glad we can finally put this matter behind us and focus on the good work of the Trumbull Police Department,” Herbst said.
Herbst also thanked the Ethics Commission and Chairman Thomas White, and the police officers who conducted the investigation into McGovern’s actions.
“It is unfortunate that the Ethics Commission’s time and resources were utilized for a period of several months only to receive this resignation letter before the public hearing scheduled for this Saturday,” Herbst said. “Everyone should know that we have an Ethics Commission that takes their duty very seriously.”