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Opinion

March 29, 2013

Gorski isn't fit to serve as selectman

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On another occasion, a selectmen’s executive session to discuss Kirmelewicz’s contract, Gorski again exerted pressure.

“Chief Kirmelewicz asked Gorski, ‘Why do you want to take my job away?’ In response, Gorski asked the chief, ‘Why are you ruining my son’s name, reputation and livelihood,’” according to the report.

Kirmelewicz ultimately signed a three-year extension of his contract in 2012 that had the support of Selectmen Greaney and Darke but not Gorski.

The ethics report is essentially a list of charges brought against Gorski. The commission has 90 days to schedule a hearing and consider the allegations, along with possible fines against the selectman. Gorski has a right to challenge the allegations.

Gorski is serving her fifth consecutive three-year term as a selectman. She ought to understand by now the need to separate her personal life from her responsibilities as an elected official serving the community.

Or, perhaps, it is her long tenure on the board that gives Gorski the false belief that she has the right to push others around, immune from the consequences of her actions.

There should be no tolerance from Groveland’s citizens for this kind of arrogance. Gorski must go.

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