Mayor Richard Kos and the City Council are getting along. But how long will that last?
Bissonnette said he felt that some of his actions had been grossly misunderstood, even by agencies outside the city. He pointed to his opposition to the appointment of William Jebb as Chicopee’s new police chief. As mayor, he’d passed over Jebb, a deputy chief, in favor of Thomas Charette, a captain, based in part on his belief that Jebb had released Bissonnette’s criminal record during the 2005 campaign. The record included details of an incident at a Christmas party in 1988, Bissonnette told me.
“I was drunk and wanted to leave, but I couldn’t drive, so a police officer put me in protective custody. Earlier in the night, somebody gave me a packet of coke as a Christmas gift. I thanked them, put the packet in my pocket and forgot about it.” Police found the cocaine when they put him into protective custody, he said.