Our Opinion: Secrecy in Sandisfield


Secrecy in Sandisfield

The reluctance of Sandisfield selectmen to fully explains the reasons for the firing of Highway Superintendent Robert O'Brien in October should concern taxpayers. The superintendent allegedly worked on personal jobs during town working hours and is accused of billing the town for asphalt used on those jobs and for taking town fuel for private use. It took a public records request by The Eagle to get the minutes of the board's Sept. 20 closed-door meeting at which the decision to fire Mr. O'Brien was made. Some of the criminal allegations had been blacked out from the minutes, prompting The Eagle to then file an open meeting complaint that finally led to the release of the full, unredacted minutes by the Select Board. The town hasn't decided whether or not to file criminal charges against its former superintendent, but given the Select Board's foot-dragging and secrecy, residents would be better served if the investigation was turned over to a neutral body, perhaps the State Police.



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