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August 1, 2013

Hearing set to oust embattled official

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In his letter, Medeiros asked for a number of things, including access to the town’s attorney to help him mount his defense against removal. He also requested copies of all the materials he’d received to carry out his duties as a commissioner.

Yesterday, Medeiros got his reply in a letter from Richenburg, again hand-delivered by a Salisbury police officer. Richenburg notified Medeiros of the date of the hearing, adding access to town counsel would not be coming.

“In accordance with the Charter, you ‘may be represented by counsel, ... be entitled to present evidence, call witnesses and question any witnesses appearing at the hearing,’” Richenburg wrote, quoting the charter. “You will not be represented by Town Counsel, but may engage the services of your own private attorney, at your own expense.”

Richenburg also informed Medeiros the materials he had received when he assumed his position on the Liquor Licensing Commission to assist him in carrying out his duties would be sent under separate cover by Town Clerk Wilma McDonald.

According to Assistant Town Clerk Mindy Morrison, when all town officials are sworn into office, they’re given a copy of the state’s Open Meeting Law Guidebook, as well as the state’s handbook on its conflict of interest regulations. Officials sign to indicate they’ve received the materials. A copy of Medeiros’ signature to that effect is on file at the town clerk’s office.

Selectmen have 10 days after the hearing to make a final decision on removal or suspension, according to the charter, and if deadlines aren’t met, the individual involved is automatically reinstated.

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