The former selectman alleges in a complaint against the town that the Board of Selectmen willfully violated the Open Meeting Law.
KINGSTON – Susan Munford alleges in a complaint against the town that the Board of Selectmen willfully violated the Open Meeting Law.
The former selectman alleges that she advised Town Administrator Tom Calter May 29 that the agenda for the Board of Selectmen’s meeting May 30 was in violation of the law and forwarded a copy to the five selectmen.
She had checked the agenda online on the town’s meeting calendar that day and saw there was an executive session scheduled for May 30 to discuss collective bargaining, grievance and litigation.
While the agenda was updated to include the bargaining unit and the grievance, it did not specify which litigation was to be discussed. Also, she said the agenda wasn’t updated within the required 48 hours of the meeting; it was updated approximately 28 hours before the meeting.
Munford sought to have the board admit the violation at the next selectmen’s meeting and to stop violating Open Meeting Law.
“The Open Meeting Law is made to keep government business open and transparent,” she wrote in her complaint. “Something the Board of Selectmen in Kingston do not respect.”
Instead, selectmen voted 4-0 Tuesday night to authorize town counsel to respond to Munford’s complaint.
The board typically requests that town counsel respond to Open Meeting Law complaints. Calter said given the nature of the complaint and the fact that Munford has filed multiple complaints in the past, he recommends having town counsel respond.
Munford, a former police sergeant, is seeking to return to her job at the Kingston Police Department. An arbitrator’s decision that she should be given a second chance is under appeal by the town.
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