John Donnelly

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Service Record

Woburn Massachusetts Police Department

Rank Officer
Dates of Service 2015[1] - October 17, 2022[2]
Salary $114,971 (2021)[3]
Last Known Status Resigned[2]

Incident Reports

2017 Political Rally

On August 12, 2017, Donnelly helped plan and provided security for a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.[1]

On October 13, 2022, media sources reported on Donnelly's involvement in the rally and sending racist and homophobic messages.[1]

Response Timeline

Donnelly was placed on administrative leave.[1]

On October 17, 2022, Donnelly resigned.[2]

On April 13, 2023, Donnelly agreed to a "voluntary decertification" with the Massachusetts Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission, where he would agree to the commission's decision regarding his certification.[2]

On April 21, 2023, the POST commission revoked Donnelly's certification.[4]

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Public Comments


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Christopher Mathias, He Marched At The Nazi Rally In Charlottesville. Then He Went Back To Being A Cop., HuffPost, 2022-10-13
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Voluntary Decertification Agreement, Massachusetts POST Commission, 2023-04-13
  3. John Donnelly J, City of Woburn, govSalaries
  4. Decertification Order, Massachusetts POST Commission, 2023-04-21

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