The Massachusetts State Police has made a habit of declaring records secret, from 911 calls to gun sale invoices to arrest reports on troopers accused of drunk driving.
Now, the department has pulled another trove of public information into the dark: the payroll records of every State Police union representative.
On Wednesday, State Police denied MassLive’s public records request for the shift and overtime records of State Police Association of Massachusetts representatives – information that has long been considered public for state employees.
The payroll records are now secret, State Police said, because the documents are connected to a federal investigation. The union and its former president Dana Pullman are currently under scrutiny by federal authorities, who have asked questions about union political contributions and a charitable foundation run by Pullman’s wife.