Town Counsel’s Truncated Investigatory Role

Cohasset Selectmen’s Meeting June 19

1. Town Counsel and a private investigator are giving the board the results of an investigation in which Acting Town Manager Mike Milanoski is the defendant.

2. Town Counsel finds Milanoski innocent of charges made by the suspended Police Chief .

3. Town Counsel and the investigator never interviewed the suspended Police Chief. Normal procedure would have been to talk to him before the investigation took place and then at the conclusion of the investigation. To not talk with him at all and to find it unnecessary to speak with him, is highly unusual. Selectmen vote to have the investigators interview the chief before their meeting on June 26.

3. It is now later in the evening, at the same meeting. Milanoski recommends that Selectmen sign a new contract with Town Counsel. For some time the board has been discussing putting out an RFP for Town Counsel to see if the Town can get a better price from another firm. Another firm had been tapped.  But now Milanoski recommends that the BOS stay with Town Counsel; he feels the Town can negotiate some prices from within the present contract.

4. Milanoski may have been leaning in this direction, anyway. But now there’s a question of partiality.

Is suspended Police Chief Mark DeLuca getting a fair shake?  The people investigating this matter should not be related to the Town in any way. Town Counsel protects the Selectmen. He works with Milanoski on a daily basis. Mialnoski doesn’t directly hire Town Counsel but his recommendation is powerful. This same evening Milanoski directed his board away from putting out a legal RFP. He, Milanoski, will be negotiating a new contract with Town Counsel, who has just found him innocent. It may not be quid pro quo, but it sure fits the definition.

Chief DeLuca’s livelihood and reputation are at stake here.

Selectmen can not be too busy to do the right thing by this man.

 

 

© Copyright 2012 Tanna K, All rights Reserved. Written For: Tinytown Unleashed
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  4 comments for “Town Counsel’s Truncated Investigatory Role

  1. Mike Coughlin
    June 22, 2012 at 10:27 am

    It has been said that all of us learn from our past experiences so the approach taken by the Interim Town Manager on both the police chief and the “greenbush” guys is disturbing.

    Politics is a brutal profession and in a sense the Interim Manager knows this perhaps better than most. In a politically charged environment in Attleboro, he was fired. He had to fight for vindication at the civil service commission and now Attleboro is appealing that decision.

    For a guy who claims he got “railroaded” in Attleboro, why is he now “railroading” Chief Deluca in Cohasset? For a man who suffered from politically motivated charges of poor project management and cost overruns in Attleboro– why is letting the Capital Budget Committee do the same to Mark Brennan and Tom Gruber?

    If you read the Civil Service decision on the Interim Managers appeal of his firing in Attleboro, the commissioner writes at length about how unfair his firing was. So it raises the question– why are the Interim Managers actions now so devoid of fairness, compassion and due process?

    It has been said that if one doesn’t learn from history — he is doomed to repeat. So in a sense, the Interim Manager is only repeating the same injust pattern that was done to him. I guess he forgot the old axiom that two wrongs don’t make a right and that people expect a leader to rise about whatever horrible things that were done to him in the past and stand as a beacon of fairness.

  2. June 21, 2012 at 11:41 am

    There are parallel investigations going on here.
    Both involve Milanoski – one as a defendant, the other as a plantiff.
    It is my opinion that Town Counsel should not be involved in either investigation for the reasons stated above.

  3. Mary A. Parsons
    June 21, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Also, no need to do a contract with any counsel representint the town. They are a yearly appointment.

  4. Mary A. Parsons
    June 21, 2012 at 11:33 am

    It is town counsel’s job to protect the town of Cohasset.

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