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Personnel investigation continues in Rockport

By Louis Bettcher | Sep 04, 2018

Rockport — Although the subject of a personnel investigation has not yet been made public, town officials have received an invoice from law firm Toubh Heisler on the matter. Attorney Jon Goodman is conducting the investigation, and has billed the town $2,200 as of Aug. 27.

Goodman's rate is $250 per hour, and he billed the town for 8.8. hours. According to the invoice, the bulk of his time to date has been spent meeting with Select Board Chairman Doug Cole and attorney Ann Freeman of Portland-based firm Bernstein Shur, as well as traveling to and from Rockport. Toubh Heisler is located in Portland.

A letter of engagement from Goodman stated that he would be conducting an independent investigation into a personnel matter on behalf of the town of Rockport and its select board. The letter, dated Aug. 19, was sent to Freeman, and shared with the Camden Herald by select board Chairman Doug Cole.

"The scope of the representation I have been asked to undertake is to investigate complaints of --- by a town employee," wrote Goodman. A portion of the sentence had been redacted.

The select board voted unanimously to have an outside party investigate a personnel matter following a closed-door executive session on July 12. The meeting was held in the Geoffrey C. Parker meeting room of the Rockport Opera House.

An agenda for the executive session was distributed by the town office via email the following day, July 13. The only item on the agenda was "Discussion of a Personnel Matter pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. Section 405(6)(A)." Another executive session has been scheduled for Sept. 10 at the Rockport Opera House, preceding a special town meeting and a regular select board meeting.


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Comments (2)
Posted by: Sandra Schramm | Sep 05, 2018 22:23

Rockland pays about the same Francis. We have no inhouse attorney either.

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Sep 04, 2018 11:08

There are no lawyers in Knox County intelligent enough to handle this case. Paying anyone $250 .00 to travel from Portland to Rockland is ridiculous. And people wonder why living costs are so high.

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