I-Team: Police captain on paid leave for 2 years
A Cranston police captain making nearly $100,000 per year has been on administrative leave with pay for the past two years only because a hearing on a complaint against the captain hasn't been scheduled NBC 10's I-Team learned Monday.
On Feb. 11, 2011, a disciplinary complaint was filed by the city of Cranston against police Capt. Todd Patalano. The complaint, according to a court document, involved Patalano's handling of civilian complaints made against the department.
After the complaint was filed, Patalano demanded a hearing under the Law Enforcement Officer's Bill of Rights.
Subsequently, 13 days of evidentiary hearings were held, but for some unknown reason, the hearings were recessed and never rescheduled.
According to city payroll records obtained by the I-Team, Patalano has been on administrative leave with pay for at least two years.
In 2012, Patalano was paid $98,626.22 and in 2013, he was paid $99,368.28.
A source close to Patalano told the I-Team that the captain not only wants his Bill of Rights hearing continued, he wants to return to work.
Both police Chief Marco Palumbo and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung are prevented from commenting on Patalano's case because of provisions in the Law Enforcement Officer's Bill of Rights.