Updated: Select Board votes to investigate personnel matter

Purpose of investigation not yet released
By Louis Bettcher | Jul 17, 2018

Rockport — Although the focus of an internal personnel matter has not been made public, Select Board Chairman Doug Cole said July 17 that the town's auditor would be present at a July 30 meeting as the investigation continues.

The Rockport 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.

"The Select Board will arrange for a third-party investigation into a personnel matter," said Cole following the meeting.

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)."

The town of Rockport website had listed a July 16 workshop on the municipal calendar, but Cole said the workshop had been rescheduled to the 30th so that the auditor could attend. On July 17 Cole reiterated that since the investigation centers around a personnel matter, no information regarding which of the town's departments was involved could be released.

Cole said that the investigation will be paid for by the town. After a report is completed by the third party investigating the matter, if any action is taken by town officials the information will be made public.

On July 9, the Rockport Select Board approved an amended workplace-smoking policy which will affect town employees beginning Sept. 1. The policy states that there will be no smoking or use of tobacco products within the town's facilities and equipment at any time.

The board also considered a town-wide smoke-free policy for members of the public, which could be enacted in public areas such as Rockport Harbor.The Rockport Select Board is comprised of Cole, Ken McKinley, Mark Kelley, Debra Hall and Jeff Hamilton.

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