BOSTON (CBS) – Two days after being sworn in as Boston Police Commissioner, Dennis White has been placed on administrative leave.
Mayor Marty Walsh said “disturbing issues” were not known about the 32-year veteran of the department before he was selected to replace William Gross last week.READ MORE: Find 2021 Fireworks Near You - Guide To Boston Area & Eastern Mass.
According to I-Team sources, Dennis White was involved in a domestic incident years ago. White’s wife at the time accused him of hitting her and threatening to shoot her. A restraining order was issued.
There was an internal investigation and White remained on the job.
The I-Team also reports his ex-wife is a Boston Police officer who has been on paid medical leave for at least five years. The city has hired an outside lawyer to investigate.READ MORE: Massachusetts Closes In On Goal Of 4.1 Million People Vaccinated Against COVID-19
“These disturbing issues were not known to me or my staff, but should have been at the forefront,” Walsh said in a statement Wednesday night. “Upon learning of these serious allegations, I immediately acted, placing the Commissioner on administrative leave, while corporation counsel engages outside counsel to conduct a full and impartial investigation.”
White had most recently been a superintendent and chief of staff to the commissioner.
Superintendent-in-Chief Gregory Long will serve as acting Commissioner.MORE NEWS: Military Jury Convicts Marine In Death Of Emerson College Student Daniel Hollis
“I take any allegation of this nature very seriously. I fully support an independent investigation, and I defer any further comment until it is completed, “Boston City Council President Kim Janey said in a statement. She is expected to take over as acting mayor when Walsh heads to Washington to become Labor Secretary in the Biden administration.