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DA: Wrentham selectmen violated open meeting law

Posted by Martin Finucane April 12, 2007 03:31 PM

WRENTHAM

The Wrentham Board of Selectmen violated the open meeting law by discussing in private whether to keep the position of police chief in the civil service system, the Norfolk County district attorney’s office has found.

Police Chief Joseph Collamati filed a complaint March 7 about a Jan. 2 closed meeting that was called to discuss Collamati’s retirement plans.

At that meeting, board members discussed whether to keep the position in the civil service system.

Board member John Zizza said he did not favor keeping the position in civil service because he did not want a chief that could not be fired until his or her contract expired.

The prosecutor’s office said that, because the board appeared to have acted in good faith and has apologized for the violation, no further action is necessary.

The civil service system is a merit-based system for employing state and municipal employees that was created to reduce the role of politics in hiring.

-- Calvin Hennick

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