The town of Tisbury spent $17,463.95 to investigate the Tisbury Police Department relative to one of the department’s staffers, but has no report to show for it.
An invoice obtained by The Times through a public records request shows Tisbury paid private investigator Arthur Parker of Wellfleet to investigate “TisburyPD-Patricia Mark.” Mark sued Tisbury town administrator Jay Grande and former Tisbury Police Chief Dan Hanavan in Dukes County Superior Court on multiple allegations, including slander. The case was dismissed in 2018. Mark sought refuge under the Whistleblower Protection Act because she alleged she was reprimanded after bringing issues to Chief Hanavan.
Parker was the investigator who previously produced the internal investigation report on former Tisbury Police Officer Mark Santon. The report alleged, among other things, that Santon exhibited a “blatant disregard for the truth.” Santon was terminated following Parker’s investigation. Parker billed the town $7,888.97 for the Santon investigation on April 24, 2017.
Parker’s invoice for Mark is dated June 1, 2018.
Staffers at Tisbury Town Hall claimed there were no responsive records in the town’s possession after The Times submitted a records request for the report associated with the invoice.
Grande later told The Times there is no report.
“There was no report published, or produced or created,” Grande said. “The investigation did not conclude. The investigation was suspended.”
Asked what it was about, Grande said, “It was a personnel matter within the police department.” He declined further comment.
Parker said it would be “inappropriate” to comment on the investigation. He referred inquiries to the town of Tisbury.
Mark declined to comment.