Middlesex board fires police officer

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MIDDLESEX — Town commissioners held a special closed meeting Dec. 19 to evaluate the performance of, and ultimately dismiss, one of their police officers.

Commissioners voted to fire Officer Michael Marshall effective immediately. No specific cause was given; however, Mayor Lu Harvey Lewis cited “performance-based issues.”

Marshall originally was hired as a part-time officer with the department in August 2012 and was made full-time in May 2014.

After the meeting, Marshall shook each board member’s hand before leaving the town hall building.

Lewis said overall he is pleased with the direction of the police department under the leadership of Chief Mike Collins.

“They’ve done an excellent job this year, and I could not be happier,” Lewis said. “My goal is to have the strongest 24/7 operation possible, and that’s what we’re doing.”

Lewis also cited the department’s achievements this year, including the addition of a juvenile detective position and the addition of three new vehicles to the Middlesex Police Department’s fleet.

“Before we got those cars, we hadn’t had a new car since 2007,” Lewis said. “We’ve got a lot of good things happening here, and I’m proud of it.”

Lewis said the town is accepting applications for a new police officer and will begin reviewing applications and interviewing candidates after Jan. 1.