West Haven police spokesman Tammaro on paid suspension pending investigations

Sgt. David Tammaro, who has been the Police Department’s spokesman for the past several years, has been suspended pending both an internal and a Connecticut State Police investigation into allegations involving overtime, multiple sources said.

Tammaro was placed on paid administrative leave earlier this month, sources said.

The internal investigation centers on whether Tammaro broke any department rules. The state police are investigating whether any laws were broken, sources said.

Tammaro did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Chief of Police John Karajanis Jr. and Milford State’s Attorney Kevin D. Lawlor both declined to comment on the allegations.

“If there was anything going on, we wouldn’t say because it would be a pending investigation, and we don’t comment on pending investigations,” said Lawlor, who oversees prosecutions for the Ansonia-Milford Judicial District.

Board of Police Commissioners Chairman Raymond Collins III also declined to comment, saying, “It’s an internal investigation.”

Mayor Nancy Rossi said she had heard rumors to that effect but had no direct knowledge of the situation “yet.”

Several sources said Lawlor was involved in the decision to get the state police involved.

“I know (Tammaro) is on administrative leave,” said one source. “I know the state police are investigating,” and, “I know they came at the request of Kevin Lawlor.”

Multiple sources said they understood the investigations had to do with allegations involving Tammaro’s use of overtime.

State police spokeswoman Trooper Kelly Grant said she could find no immediate record of a state police investigation involving Tammaro.