New Milford police lieutenant reinstated
NEW MILFORD — Lt. Lawrence Ash was reinstated Wednesday morning after an investigation concluded he didn’t do anything wrong.
Ash was placed on administrative leave this summer pending the outcome of the investigation, which stemmed from a complaint filed with the police. The focus of the investigation has not been released.
Ash was cleared by an “outside independent review of potential violations that resulted in no finding of any wrongdoing,” according to a press release from the Mayor Pete Bass.
Outside investigations are standard protocol for for investigations on senior-level administration, according to the press release.
Bass directed questions to Police Chief Spencer Cerruto.
Cerruto and Ash could not be immediately reached for comment.
In the press release both men welcomed Ash back.
“Lt. Ash has been exonerated and we are happy to have such an important and integral part of our police administration back,” Bass said.
Ash has been with the department since 1987. He started as a patrol officer and climbed through the ranks to lieutenant. He also serves as the department’s spokesman.
He followed in the footsteps of his own father, Robert, a decorated, 17-year department detective, according to an earlier article.
Cerruto said Ash has tremendous experience in town and is pleased to have him as a resource.
“This has been a very challenging time for all of us, including Lt. Ash and his family,” Cerruto said in the release. “We are going to move forward in a positive manner as a team.”