On May 11, 2023, Hopkinton Police Sergeant Timothy Brennan was placed on paid administrative leave, with the town offering no reason for the action. In a written statement, Chief Joseph Bennett said “The town does not comment on personnel matters.”
The decision to indefinitely suspend Brennan was made by the Hopkinton Select Board, presumably in Executive Session.
Three months prior to his suspension, the Town’s attorneys, Mirick, O’Connell, DeMaillie & Lougee entered into an agreement of services with Kroll, Inc. which offers “worldwide expert services and tech-enabled advisory through all states of diligence, forensic investigation, litigation, disputes and testimony,” according to its website.
HopNews obtained the Kroll Services Agreement and invoices through a Public Records Request (PRR) to the town. Although the Agreement does not reference individual personnel, the PRR specifically identified Sergeant Brennan. The PRR read in-part:
We are seeking any and all estimates, statements of work, proposals, briefs, invoices, project plans, transcripts of phone calls, or memos that the town has received from Mirick, O’Connell, DeMaillie & Lougee, LLP to conduct an investigation into the Police Sergeant Tim Brennan suspension matter.
Days later the town responded with the Agreement and two invoices.
Section 1 describes the scope of work:
Client has engaged Kroll to conduct a confidential investigation into allegations of possible employee misconduct involving allegations that members of the Hopkinton Police Department may have been aware (of) potential misconduct by other members of the Police Department and did not report it appropriately. (the “Assignment”). Kroll will conduct an independent administrative investigation (“Services”).
The Agreement defines a fee arrangement that is variable depending on the resources assigned, and discounts the fees because the end client (Town of Hopkinton) is a municipality.
- Managing Director – $650 per hour discounted to $480 per hour.
- Associate Managing Director -$575 per hour discounted to $430 per hour.
- Senior Manager – $475 per hour discounted to $355 per hour.
- Associate Manager $400 per hour discounted to $300 per hour.
- Investigator $300 per hour discounted to $225 per hour.
Notably absent from the Agreement is a detailed list of deliverables or a timeline of work, implying that the engagement is open-ended. Also missing is a point of contact or project leader from the town’s side. It appears that in this case a subcontractor of the town (Mirick) is managing another subcontractor (Kroll), with apparently little line of sight or accountability from the town’s perspective.
The Agreement was signed on February 1, 2023 by Attorney Nicholas Anastasopoulos on behalf of the firm and the town.
Although requested by HopNews, an estimate of costs was not provided in the town’s response and it is unknown who, if anyone, received an estimate before the commencement of work.
As of July 31, 2023, the town has spent $30,573 on this project to date. Mirick et al. have billed $13,396 in legal fees and Kroll has charged $17,176 in investigative services. The majority of the work has been performed by Managing Director Daniel Linskey at the highest billable rate.
From the scope of work cited in the Kroll Agreement, and because he has not been charged with a crime, it can be reasonably deduced that Sergeant Brennan is being investigated for violating a Hopkinton Police Department policy. It’s unclear why the town took the extraordinary step to engage outside counsel and outside investigators for what appears to be an internal matter.
Brennan’s suspension came just two days after former Deputy Chief John Porter was arraigned on rape charges. As reported in HopNews, Brennan cooperated with Middlesex DA investigators and provided testimony against Porter to the grand jury, all while remaining on activity duty.
Hopkinton PD continues to have several vacancies at the leadership level, including a Deputy Chief, Lieutenant, and because of Brennan’s suspension, a Patrol Sergeant.
Brennan remains suspended with full pay.