HOLYOKE, MA — The Holyoke Soldiers Home superintendent resigned, the facility’s board revealed Friday, a week after he was criminally charged over the facility’s deadly coronavirus outbreak.
At least 76 veterans died in the outbreak at the state-run facility, in the spring.
The facility’s Board of Trustees was due to meet Monday to discuss Superintendent BennettWalsh’s continued employment. He waived his right to the hearing, after previously overturning an attempt to fire him by the Gov. Charlie Baker administration for running afoul of state law.
Walsh is facing 10 felony charges: five counts of criminal neglect and five counts of causing serious bodily harm to a senior citizen. He was indicted Sept. 24 by a Hampden County grand jury, alongside the Home’s former medical director, Dr. David Clinton.
State Attorney General Maura Healey said the charges stemmed from a decision Walsh and Clinton made to combine dementia units at the