Meriden Health Director, already on leave, arrested for falsifying police report

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MERIDEN – The city’s health director, who was placed on leave last week, has been arrested.

Lisa Pippa was charged with falsifying a police report. Her first court date is April 2.

Her attorney, James Miron, released a statement Monday. He said that Pippa suffers from mental illness and is receiving treatment. Pippa had been out of work for neck surgery earlier in the year.

“Unfortunately, it appears that changes in Lisa’s medications combined with her post-surgical recovery and work load as the Health and Human Services Director made her return to work premature” Miron said.

He said he would not comment on the charges and would address them in court.

Pippa was placed on administrative leave Friday as police investigate what was initially reported Monday, March 16 as a burglary at the health department on Miller Street.

“Obviously there’s some issues Ms. Pippa is going to have to deal with it, but clearly she shouldn’t be in charge of the health department,” said Meriden City Manager Lawrence Kendzior.

After the March 16 incident, police interviewed the entire department and installed hidden surveillance cameras in the mail room, Kendzior said. That week, two different employees received bizarre anonymous letters. The hidden surveillance cameras captured footage of Pippa distributing letters to her fellow employees.