< Back to Front Page Text size +

Wrentham selectmen skip public comment

Posted by Martin Finucane March 7, 2007 12:42 PM

WRENTHAM

Four Wrentham police officers were prevented from speaking out last night when the board of selectmen abruptly adjourned its meeting without allowing public comment.

The police had hoped to confront Selectwoman Jennifer Firth about comments she made earlier this year about a police officer writing a threat on an Internet message board two years ago.

Local police say Firth made a reckless charge against them and should resign. Firth says she never specifically mentioned a Wrentham officer.

An investigation by the district attorney’s office found no evidence that a Wrentham officer had made an online threat.

Chairwoman Mary Dunn was instrumental in creating the public forum segment of the selectmen’s agenda in the late 1990s. She said it was the first time she had asked for a motion to close the meeting when residents wanted to speak.

“That’s my prerogative,” Dunn said.

Dunn said she has scheduled the police union for the April 3 agenda.

Sgt. William McGrath, president of the union, said the board is only trying to delay the union’s response.

-- Calvin Hennick

add your comment
Required
Required (will not be published)

This blogger might want to review your comment before posting it.

About globe west updates Welcome to Globe West Updates, the news blog of the Globe West regional section of The Boston Globe. Check in with us often to see updated items about Boston's western suburbs from our staff reporters and correspondents. Give us your reaction to our stories in the print editions or on the blog by using the form below. Get involved — with Globe West!
archives