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August 28, 2013

Medeiros voted off liquor board

Selectman: He doesn't have 'temper or temperament' to remain in office

SALISBURY — Gilbert Medeiros is no longer a member of the Liquor Licensing Commission, after being removed from his appointed office yesterday by a majority vote of selectmen for what they said was his angry, threatening, disrespectful behavior toward them following a July vote — and his unwillingness to apologize for that behavior.

The 3-to-2 vote to remove Medeiros from the board stems from a selectmen’s meeting earlier this summer when they were presented with a measure related to bringing a slot machine parlor to Salisbury. When it was voted down, Medeiros berated Selectmen Don Beaulieu, Freeman Condon and Henry Richenburg for casting votes against it.

Immediately after the vote was taken and unrecognized by the chairman to speak, Medeiros repeatedly called the three selectmen “disgusting.” He rose, walked toward them and in a three-minute rant aimed at Beaulieu, Condon and Richenburg, waved his arms and pointed his finger at them, saying: “We should somehow get together and get you guys out of here,” ending with, “I’m going to put a petition to recall you guys.”

The behavior, broadcast on the town’s cable television channel, caused a stir throughout town. 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.

Section 7-8 allows the selectmen to remove individuals they appoint to office for a number of reasons including “conduct unbecoming his office,” as well as for insubordination. Selectmen Fred Knowles and Ed Hunt voted against taking that action.

Notified of the vote, Medeiros requested a public hearing on the measure. At the Aug. 20 hearing, his supporters urged selectmen to keep him on the commission, saying he wasn’t disrespectful or threatening, but merely “passionate.” Some argued that since Medeiros wasn’t representing the Liquor Licensing Commission at the time he spoke, he should not be disciplined.

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