A former Massachusetts police sergeant accused of lying about his role in sharing pictures of a murder victim has been reinstated to the department.
The state Civil Service Commission voted to allow Jeffrey Godere to return to the Chicopee Police Department at a lower rank after winning an appeal of his termination, MassLive.com reported Tuesday.
Godere was fired by then-Mayor Richard Kos in November 2018 after he and three other officers were implicated in sharing images of a victim's body and the crime scene in the 2011 killing of 20-year-old Amanda Plasse.
The commission ruled last week that Godere would be demoted to patrolman because of his misconduct and prior disciplinary record.
City officials and the police department are reviewing the commission's decision with lawyers and exploring options to appeal it in superior court, according to Michael Wilk, public information officer.
Dennis Rosa-Roman was sentenced to life in prison without parole after being convicted of Plasse's murder in 2016.