COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island State Police say they are looking into a report that personnel files for some members of the Central Coventry Fire District went missing from a filing cabinet.
David M D’Agostino, a lawyer for the district’s Board of Directors, confirmed to Eyewitness News that confidential records containing private information are missing.
In a statement, D’Agostino said the issue began when “a lock on a file cabinet containing personnel files was discovered to be broken. This occurred at the 240 Arnold Road Station.”
Eyewitness News went to that station Thursday and Central Coventry’s Fire Chief Peter Lamb said he didn’t know much about the missing files.
“I have no written report of this incident,” he said. “I have heard conversation about this incident but I have no verification of this incident at all.”
D’Agostino disputed Lamb’s claim, saying the initial lock had been replaced.
“It was discovered that the personnel files for the members serving on the Board of Directors were missing from the file cabinet,” D’Aostino said in a statement.
Since then, the board has asked the state police to step in to find the missing documents.
“This incident is as much a mystery to me as it is to the folks you are trying to inform,” Lamb told Eyewitness News.
According to state police, they are looking into the situation to determine if it is worth starting an official investigation.