Former Monroeville police Chief Doug Cole, who was demoted to sergeant in February, has been placed on paid administrative leave, manager Lynette McKinney confirmed today.
She also confirmed that three dispatchers were fired for violating the computer usage policy of the municipality's employee handbook.
She said Sgt. Cole was placed on leave Tuesday pending further action.
She declined to provide further details about the discipline against Sgt. Cole and would not name the terminated dispatchers.
Sgt. Cole and his attorney, Michael Colarusso, declined comment.
Sgt. Cole and the municipality have been embroiled in controversy since August 2012, when then-Assistant Chief Steven Pascarella filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Civil Rights alleging a breach of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA. The complaint alleged privileged information from 911 dispatches was sent to unauthorized individuals.
A July report from a private investigator hired by Monroeville claimed the municipality's 911 dispatch center was regularly accessed by unauthorized individuals and placed ultimate responsibility on Sgt. Cole. DHHS will ultimately determine whether the municipality violated HIPAA.
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