vivGILMANTON — Selectman Steve McCormack resigned last night after hearing from two members of the audience at a Selectboard meeting that they had lost their trust in him.
He told the small audience that he had felt badly since the June 30 meeting and has carefully reviewed the laws and the 138-page Attorney General's report on the state's Right-to-Know law.
"I'm not going to see this town destroyed," he said. "After this meeting, I will resign."
McCormack said he would continue to help the town anyway he could but that he would never seek another public office.
During the public comment section of the meeting, School Board member Adam Mini and resident Brenda Currier both said they felt McCormack violated the town's trust when he told at least two people about Police Chief Joe Collins's retirement in December.
"Revealing (the content) of sealed non-public minutes erodes the trust - especially with our employees," said Mini, calling McCormack's transgression "cavalier."
"I would vote for an investigation, a blood-letting, whatever," Mini said, adding that employees need to feel they can come to the selectmen and not have their confidences violated.
Currier echoed Mini's feelings saying that it's not the content that was released but the fact that he broke the oath he took when he became a selectman in 2014.
On June 30, McCormack admitted to telling Brett Currier and Wayne Ogni that Collins was retiring at the end of the year. Both mentioned it at the June 30 meeting after which selectmen unanimously agreed that the town should ask the State Attorney General Office for an independent review.
Town Administrator Arthur Capello said he heard from the AG's investigator yesterday that there was no criminal offense and the office would not likely investigate it.
Collins said in a letter to the editor printed in today's paper that he wasn't upset when his retirement was made public but was very upset when he learned that the news could have been used by a selectman to influence the process of hiring a new chief to further someone's agenda.
Sgt. Matt Currier has been named as the next chief in a unanimous decision by the board. In the interests of transparency, Brenda and Brett Currier are his parents.
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