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OSPD Investigating Fire Marshal Records in Saybrook and Westbrook

Published May 12, 2017 • Last Updated 04:34 pm, May 12, 2017

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This morning, Friday, May 2, the Old Saybrook Police Department executed a search and seizure warrant simultaneously at the town halls of Old Saybrok and Westbrook for documents pertaining to Town of Old Saybrook Fire Marshal Donn Dobson.

Dobson, in addition to working full-time for the Town of Old Saybrook as the town fire marshal, has also since March 2016 worked part-time as a deputy fire marshal for the Town of Westbrook.

“There has been an investigation ongoing for three months now,” said Old Saybrook Police Lieutenant Kevin Roche. “In consultation with the State’s Attorney, the search warrants were prepared for Old Saybrook and Westbrook town halls. A judge found we had demonstrated there was probable cause for a search warrant.

Roche said the Westbrook search was aided by Connecticut State Police and he noted that “All employees in both town halls were extremely helpful.”

First Selectman Carl Fortuna, Jr., of Old Saybrook said of the investigation that the two town governments are cooperating in the Old Saybrook Police Department’s investigation.

Westbrook First Selectman Noel Bishop said that a team from the Old Saybrook Police Department had been on site at the Mulvey Municipal Center, Westbrook’s Town Hall, working with town staff starting at 9:30 a.m. on Friday. By 12:30 p.m., the team was still assembling the collected records with the help of town staff and information technology lead Rich Holton.

Bishop confirmed that Dobson’s status as a Westbrook deputy fire marshal had not changed. Fortuna had no comment as to Dobson’s status with the Town of Old Saybrook.

Requested in the Superior Court-issued search warrant were “any and all documents, notes, calendars, schedules, time sheets, pay roll records, employee handbooks, employee contracts, employee expectations, computer files, email communication related to Fire Marshal Donn Dobson.”

Roche estimated that it will take the police department 3-4 weeks to analyze the materials seized in the search.

“The data and information seized will now be analyzed and will hopefully aid in our investigation,” he said.

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