The Brookline select board voted unanimously today to can Ashley Gonzalez as police chief for being a disgusting letch on duty or, more technically, for violating the town's official Policy Against Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Retaliation and for breaking Brookline Police Department rules and regulations against conduct unbecoming a police officer on multiple occasions and with several employees.
The board acted on the recommendation of an independent consultant, whose principals include former Massachusetts State Police Colonel Kerry Gilpin, to terminate him "after finding multiple admitted, corroborated and sustained allegations of sexual harassment against female employees of the Brookline Police Department in violation of town policies," the board said in a statement.
The board suspended Gonzalez in August, just two months after hiring him - after five years as chief of the Austin, TX Independent School District Police Department and a career rising through the ranks of the Norwalk, CT police department, which he left for Austin after serving as a deputy chief.
A redacted report by the consultant describes one incident whee Gonzalez went up to one of his new women employees on his first day on the job and told her she was "a MILT, totally MILF," and then went up to her on his second day, whipped out his phone, showed her a video of his daughter, doing some intricate acrobatic maneuver and, then, after she said that's amazing his daughter could bend her body like that, said "I bet your husband wishes you could bend like that."
Another employee told the investigators that Gonzalez, in what he thought was a joke, called her a bitch.
A third employee, a police officer, learned from Gonzalez she was wearing her collar insignia upside down, which led to a text exchange in which she said "there had never been anyone above me in the [women's] locker room" to show her how to put them on properly, to which he replied he would meet her the next morning in the women's locker room to show her.
The report describes one of the first meetings Gonzalez had with the department:
Towards the end of the meeting, Chief Gonzalez asked if anyone had anything they would like to add. [redacted] responded, "I do actually, I have one thing that keeps me up at night. According to [redacted,] Chief Gonzalez started laughing and stated, "Oh, your husband." [redacted] continued, "And I was shocked. ...