New Report Finds Former Methuen Police Chief Should Face Criminal Charges In A ‘Textbook Case Of Public Corruption’

Joseph Solomon ran the Methuen Police Department like the “don of an organized crime family,” relying on “humiliation, fear, intimidation and retaliation,” according to a new city-fundedinvestigation that found the former chief repeatedly broke the law during his 15-year tenure.

Solomon — who earned $326,707 in 2019 making him one of the highest paid law enforcement officials in the United States — should face criminal charges for his alleged misconduct, which included hiring a city councilor who was unqualified to be a police officer, the 204-page report concludes.

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