After almost five years, former Cohasset town manager Mike Coughlin will get his day in Dedham court on January 17th.
On December 5, 2012 we reported in our blog (http://www.tinytownunleashed.com/tinytowns/couhglin-files-whistleblower-against-cohasset-decaprio/) that Coughlin had filed a whistleblower suite against the Town of Cohasset and Peter DeCaprio, chairman of the town’s water commission. In his suit he said he wanted his job back.
Coughlin named the Town of Cohasset, Board of Selectmen at the time he served (Ted Carr, Paul Carlson, Diane Kennedy, Fred Koed and Leland Jenkins and Peter DeCaprio, both individually and in his capacity as a water commissioner.
In brief, the then chairman of the Cohasset water commission, Peter DeCaprio, who is a partner at Crow Point Partners, may have been in conflict of interest in discussing an RFP and proposed contract for the Cohasset Water Department with Aquarion Water – that is owned by Sass-Macquaire. Mass GL c 268A bars public officials with a financial interest in a matter from voting on the matter. Further, it requires those financially associated to remove themselves from all debate, as participating would make it appear that person would be using his position to influence the outcome.
Many odd-duck things occurred during 2012. DeCaprio demanded that he be permitted to use his personal attorney, and not the town’s attorney, with regard to water department issues. DeCaprio claimed that Cohasset water was a private company that was owned by the water commissioners, not the Town. It took town counsel a few months to unravel that claim.
If Coughlin should be successful in his whistleblower suit, any award by a jury would be tripled.
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