The Select Board on Thursday voted to fire Sgt. Tim Brennan from the Hopkinton Police Department, following the continuation of the Loudermill hearing that began last month.
Meeting for about three hours in executive session in Town Hall — closed to the public — the Select Board ultimately voted 4-1 to accept Chief Joseph Bennett’s recommendation that Brennan be dismissed, with chair Muriel Kramer casting the lone dissenting vote.
Brennan, showing visible emotion, met with his vocal supporters outside Town Hall shortly after 8 p.m. and shared the news. He said he had been offered a deal where he could have remained on the force if he would have accepted a demotion and significant suspension, but he turned it down.
UPDATE: The town released a statement through its public relations firm, JGPR, late Thursday night, indicating “the Town of Hopkinton and counsel for the labor union had attempted to resolve the matter in a mutually acceptable manner. Those discussions were unsuccessful, resulting in Thursday’s vote. Brennan’s termination is effective Monday, Feb. 12.”
A humbled Brennan, who has received support from many in the community throughout this ordeal, told his backers that he was used to helping others and was not used to others helping him. He also said he planned to take his case to arbitration.
The supporters have vowed to start recall petitions for the Select Board members and have plans to gather names at local stores this weekend.
Brennan was accused of violating police department policy by not reporting information about an alleged sexual assault by a colleague, former Deputy Chief John “Jay” Porter, relating to when Porter was serving as the school resource officer and the alleged survivor was a Hopkinton High School sophomore nearly two decades ago. Porter pleaded not guilty to three counts of child rape in May 2023 in Middlesex Superior Court. Brennan explained that he was prioritizing the confidentiality and safety of the alleged survivor, who placed her trust in him. He also brought up issues with the department’s policy.
The Loudermill hearing originally began Jan. 19 with a contentious public session at the Hopkinton Senior Center. As the Select Board neared a vote to dismiss Brennan, representatives for Brennan and the town asked for a continuance so that they could discuss a possible solution.
— John Cardillo contributed to this report.