, Salem, MA

January 17, 2014

Report on Ipswich sergeant complete

No new details released

By Jonathan Phelps
Staff Writer

---- — IPSWICH — An internal affairs investigation into Sgt. Peter Nikas, the brother of the town’s police chief, is complete, but town officials are not releasing the results.

Nikas has been on paid administrative leave since mid-October while the district attorney and a private investigator looked into “some reported incidents that occurred in October” while Nikas was off duty, Town Manager Robin Crosbie has said.

Crosbie confirmed this week that an independent internal affairs investigation by retired Tewksbury police Chief Alfred Donovan is complete and the town is considering how to move forward with the report. Nikas remains on paid leave, she said.

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

Assistant District Attorney David O’Sullivan said in an email that “a matter involving Sgt. Nikas was referred to this office for investigation.”

Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokeswoman for the district attorney, said the investigation is still ongoing and would not comment further.

Sgt. Peter Nikas is the brother of police Chief Paul Nikas.

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.

He has served as the union president and school resource officer at the middle school and high school.

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