Officials from Newton, Massachusetts, launched an investigation into a former police department employee who allegedly shut down the department's website this summer because of a pay dispute with the city, according to a recent report.
The officials are looking into the actions of the former police department information technology director, Steven Smith, and the department's protocols after Newtonpolice.com – described as a "vital resource" for residents – was shut down for more than a week in late June and July, according to the Boston Globe.
"Following his departure, Mr. Smith essentially shut down the NPD website, a vital resource for the residents of the City of Newton and those who may have business with NPD," Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller told the Globe.
Smith and representatives for the mayor's office did not respond to FOX Business's request for comment.
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While it was shut down, Smith allegedly posted a message imploring people to contact the mayor to get it back up and running. Instead, the city created a section for the police department under its main website, Newtonma.gov.