Burlington Police reviewing additional fake social media posts of deputy chief

 Burlington Deputy Police Chief Jan Wright
Burlington Deputy Police Chief Jan Wright (WCAX)
Published: Feb. 6, 2020 at 6:00 PM EST
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The Burlington Police Department is taking another look at social media posts by Deputy Chief Jan Wright after bogus accounts surfaced last year from both Wright and her former boss, Brandon del Pozo.

The city already finished an investigation into a fake account Wright used, but more posts were uncovered from Wright's anonymous accounts that were not included in the city's investigation, so the Burlington Police Department is now looking into those.

Burlington Interim Police Chief Jennifer Morrison was not available for an interview Thursday but issued a statement about the new review.

"I am in the process of reviewing additional social media activity. There has been no change in her employment status. It is my hope to have the review concluded sometime next week," Morrison said.

In December, Chief Brandon del Pozo resigned after he admitted to challenging a critic using a fake social media account. Deputy Chief Wright took over as interim chief, but hours later admitted to doing the same thing. She was suspended for eight days and was put back in her deputy chief role.

These cases have some Burlington residents worried about police transparency.

"It doesn't make me feel very good at all. The majority of their job is to be pretty honest people and good people for the community to look up to," said Crystal Chadwick of Burlington.

"Distrust. It's almost like it makes me feel like our whole society has become like that, untrustworthy everywhere you turn, everywhere you look; I respected them a lot," said Helene Rondeau of Burlington.

But others, like Paul Robert, say people, including the police, make mistakes.

"Well, I have 100 percent faith in the Burlington Police Department and I always have," he said. "It's obvious to me that once it was found out they actually did in fact have social media accounts, they shut them down and they came clean with them. That should've been enough."

Both sides agree they want a resolution.