Waldoboro is being sued by veteran Town Clerk Linda Perry, according to documents filed in Lincoln County Superior Court last month.

Perry, represented by Therriault & Therriault of Bath, has requested a trial following a denied appeal of a disciplinary probation placed upon her by Town Manager Linda-Jean Briggs, according to court documents.

Myriad letters between Briggs and Perry were filed with the lawsuit — dating back to June 26, 2014, when Briggs outlined in detail the administrative tasks she found to fall under the job description of a town clerk rather than the information technology coordinator, who had been performing the tasks.

Perry responded in a letter to Briggs July 14, 2014, stating that in the 11-plus years she had worked as town clerk, the new duties had always been the responsibility of the administrative assistant/secretary. She said according to Maine state statutes, the new duties are not specific to the town clerk, but rather administrative duties. Perry suggested such duties could be performed by one of the two administrative assistants employed by the town.

Perry further pointed out that the extra duties would require her to work more than 40 hours per week, which was not accounted for in the fiscal year 2015 budget she had compiled.

In a letter dated Dec. 17, 2014, but not delivered until Jan. 15, 2015, Perry was notified by Briggs that she was being placed on "disciplinary probation for a period of 60 days in accordance with the Town of Waldoboro personnel policy."

In the letter, Briggs writes, "I continue to field a number of complaints concerning your negative and overall disgruntled attitude from co-workers." Briggs noted that she had received a complaint "from another of your co-workers that your disgruntled attitude and inappropriate behavior has created a 'hostile work environment.'"

Briggs further stated she was aware of Perry's use of profane language when referring to her. "I also believe you have brought negative scrutiny to the Town of Waldoboro in your dealings with the press as well as social media," the letter continues, ending with "If your behavior corrects itself at the end of the 60 days, you may be retained in your position, otherwise, I will begin termination procedures."

Perry's attempt to appeal the disciplinary proceedings was denied. She stated in her appeal that she was not disgruntled and she appreciates and enjoys her job.

"I disagree that my conduct has been inappropriate or that my conduct should subject me to sanction under the Town of Waldoboro, Maine Personnel Manual. I respectfully request that the town rescind my probation," the appeal letter states.

The lawsuit says Perry contests most, if not all, of the allegations Briggs has brought against her. "This reply demonstrates there are factual disputes not resolved on the written record," states the document.

"The issue in this case is whether or not there is sufficient basis to justify the imposition of very serious disciplinary action, with the threat of termination, based on certain allegations by the Town Manager that are very general in nature, not supported by facts, and are in dispute," the lawsuit notes.

"There has never been any hearing, formal or informal, with regard to this matter. The selectmen have been approached regarding an appeal to them but they have refused to consider any appeal, citing that they have no appeal function under the Town's Personnel Manual. Ms. Perry deserves a full and fair hearing to determine the facts of this case and whether or not the disciplinary action proposed is warranted and appropriate," the document concludes.

This is not the first incident in which Briggs and Perry have been in conflict. In February, a citizens' petition was presented to the Board of Selectmen asking for the removal of Briggs as town manager. The petition came on the heels of Perry's being moved from her desk in the front office "to a desk out back, where she supposedly could be monitored," according to resident Katie Winchenbach, who circulated the petition.

No action was taken by the board regarding the petition, which contained 71 signatures, according to Chairman Clinton Collamore.

When contacted for comment May 4, Roger Therriault of the law firm representing Perry said it is not his firm's practice to comment on pending litigation.

A call to Matt Tarasevich of Bernstein Shur, representing the town of Waldoboro in this case, was not returned.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@courierpublicationsllc.com.