Burlington PD confirms chief's secret Twitter account used to taunt critic

Published: Dec. 12, 2019 at 10:44 PM EST
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Burlington Police officials have confirmed that Police Chief Brandon del Pozo was placed on leave last summer after creating a secret Twitter account to troll a police critic.

WCAX reported in August that Chief Brandon del Pozo was taking a leave of absence. Two sources close to the police department sent WCAX an internal email about that leave of absence, which at the time was billed as family medical leave.

A memo sent sent to employees by Deputy Chief Jan Wright reads in part:

"This past summer the chief created an anonymous Twitter account, and over the course of an hour on July 4, sent approximately 10 tweets to a critic of the city."

The email to employees goes on to say that Chief del Pozo deleted the account about an hour later, realizing it was wrong. The deputy chief's email says that the mayor disciplined him and an internal investigation determined his actions were caused by a medical condition.

The memo says that two medical professionals have deemed the chief fit for duties.

Chief del Pozo also went on leave earlier last year after suffering a head injury and broken bones in a June bicycle accident in the Adirondacks.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger is expected to comment on the case later Friday. Chief Del Pozo also plans to hold a press conference Friday evening.