Superintendent puts three Ridgefield baseball coaches on administrative leave

A photo from the baseball field fire that happened Saturday morning at Governor Park in Ridgefield. Police have not charged anyone. Three Ridgefield baseball coaches have been put on administrative leave. — Alex Fischetti / Contributed photo

Superintendent Dr. William Collins has place three Ridgefield High School varsity baseball coaches on administrative leave pending the conclusion of a police investigation into who poured gasoline on the team’s field at Governor Park and lit it on fire.

Dr. Collins announced his decision in a letter to parents Tuesday, April 9.

“At this point, we do not believe the coaching staff was directly involved, however, out of an abundance of caution, the three varsity coaches have been placed on administrative leave pending the conclusion of the police investigation,” Dr. Collins wrote.

Earlier in the letter, the superintendent said he was working with the Ridgefield Police Department and would cooperate fully as they investigate this incident.

Dr. Collins continued with details about the blaze.

“Individuals poured what is believed to be gasoline on the baseball field and ignited it,” he said. “We also know there were no students involved in this act.”

Similar to First Selectman Rudy Marconi, Collins urged any eyewitnesses to come forward to the police and provide a statement.

Anyone from with information is recommended to contact Officer Dan Gjodesen at 203-438-6531.

The police have not put out any additional information about their investigation. The police did not respond to several calls requesting comment on Tuesday.

 

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