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August 31, 2013

After ouster, Medeiros may sue town

SALISBURY — Former Liquor License Commission Chairman Gilbert Medeiros is considering legal action against the town after selectmen removed him from his position for unprofessional behavior.

On Monday night, selectmen voted Medeiros off the commission by a 3-to-2 vote, putting what they thought was an end to a nearly two month ordeal. The board’s actions stem from Medeiros’ behavior at selectmen’s July 1 meeting, when they voted down a measure related to bringing a slot machine parlor to Salisbury.

At the meeting, Medeiros angrily berated Selectmen Don Beaulieu, Freeman Condon and Henry Richenburg for voting against trying to bring gambling to town, repeatedly called them “disgusting,” and saying, “We should somehow get together and get you guys out of here.” He ended with, “I’m going to put a petition to recall you guys.”

His behavior, broadcast on the town’s cable television channel, caused such a stir that on July 22, Beaulieu, Condon and Richenburg voted under provisions in Section 7-8 of the Salisbury’s Home Rule Town Charter to notify Medeiros of their intent to remove him from office. At Medeiros’ request a public hearing took place on Aug. 20, when nine residents spoke up for him, hoping to sway the board against removing Medeiros.

However, citing his refusal to apologize for his conduct, on Monday night Beaulieu, Condon and Richenburg voted to remove him from the office to which the board had appointed him. Selectmen Ed Hunt and Fred Knowles were the two who voted to keep Medeiros, as they had been the two votes in favor of the slot parlor.

Yesterday, Medeiros’ attorney, Anthony Papoulias, Jr., said there could be more fallout because of the selectmen’s actions against his client.

“Mr. Medeiros and I are discussing our legal options in light of two (American Civil Liberties Union) decisions on two cases,” Papoulias said. “Those cases are Waasdorp versus the town of Falmouth (Mass.), and Schuler versus the town of Shirley (Mass.).”

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