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Report Sheds New Light On Controversy Between Brentwood, Ex-Chief

BRENTWOOD (KDKA) -- A report has been made public about why the borough of Brentwood was at odds with its former police chief.

The borough first suspended him, but now he's decided to retire.

The report on the activities of former chief Robert Butelli was conducted by an outside law firm. It sheds light on the controversy that's been brewing in Brentwood for months.

"Your intentions to move Chief Butelli from his position as chief of police is an embarrassment to the people of Brentwood Borough," resident Ken Lockhart told council members earlier his year.

Back in September, a heated council meeting drew lines in the sand about Butelli's future when he was suspended.

But the report cites examples like poor morale due to the chief's disengagement and treatment of the staff.

But the report goes much further:

  • That he failed for perform his supervisory duties like failing to follow or even know evidence room policies and procedures.
  • That he misused his borough-owned vehicle, using it for family trips. He was also involved in an accident in that car while driving his son home.
  • That he targeted the spouse of a politician who he saw as an adversary through the use of a traffic stop.
  • And that he gave or caused to be reported false statements during the investigation.

As part of his settlement agreement, Butelli agreed to retire as of Nov. 30.

He also agreed to a $199,000 settlement payment.

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