SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

December 5, 2013

Chief's brother, a cop, on paid leave

By Jonathan Phelps
Staff writer

---- — IPSWICH — Sgt. Peter Nikas, the brother of the town’s police chief, is on paid administrative leave while the district attorney and a private investigator look into “some reported incidents” while off-duty, Town Manager Robin Crosbie confirmed yesterday.

Nikas has been on leave since mid-October “to investigate some reported incidents that occurred in October,” she said.

Crosbie would not disclose why the sergeant is being investigated, only saying that it’s a “personnel matter.”

She said there are two ongoing investigations, one by the district attorney and the other by retired Tewksbury police Chief Alfred Donovan, who was hired by the town for an independent internal affairs investigation. The internal affairs investigation will look into allegations against Nikas and if there were any department procedures violated, Crosbie said.

”It is all being investigated outside the department,” she said. “Because the chief is his brother and the nature of the investigation, we are doing it this way so we have an independent evaluation.”

Police Chief Paul Nikas would not speak to a reporter yesterday at the police station, saying the investigation is ongoing.

Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office, also declined comment yesterday.

Crosbie said Donovan will prepare a report on his findings. It is unknown when the investigation might conclude, she said.

”We have to protect both the integrity of the department and the rights of Sgt. Nikas,” Crosbie said. “You can have allegations, but you have to look at the facts.”

Peter Nikas became a full-time police officer in 1994 and was promoted to sergeant in 2007. His salary is approximately $76,000 a year, according to the town’s human resources department.

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at jphelps@salemnews.com. Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.