READING -- Former Reading Police Chief Mark Segalla was arraigned Friday in Lowell District Court on one charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

His appearance in court came on his last day as a member of the Police Department. Town Manager Bob LeLacheur had previously announced Segalla, who had been on paid leave would be resigning from the Police Department on Friday June 28.

Segalla had been placed on leave by LeLacheur effective December 22nd following an alleged domestic violence incident in Tewksbury on December 21st. That incident, investigated by Tewksbury Police, occurred while Segalla was off duty.

In the June 18th statement by LeLacheur, he stated “I have accepted the resignation of Police Chief Mark Segalla, effective June 28, 2019. Mark will remain out and continue to use his sick leave time through that date.”

The statement went on to say Deputy Chief David Clark will continue to run the department until further notice. Later this summer we will conduct a replacement process for the position of Reading Police Chief, including an independent Assessment Center that will consider applicants from Reading and other communities. Special thanks go out to Dave, who has done an outstanding job under some very difficult circumstances for the past several months.”

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