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Rowe board signs separation agreement on coordinator

ROWE — In a brief meeting Wednesday night, the Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to sign a “separation agreement” with its nine-year town coordinator, Ellen Miller, who was put on a paid leave-of-absence by selectmen on July 26.

The board, however, did not make the document public because Miller hadn’t yet signed it. According to Selectmen’s Chairman Marilyn Wilson, Miller was scheduled to sign the agreement on Thursday afternoon in Greenfield, in her attorney’s office.

Neither Miller nor her lawyer, John Gates, could be reached for comment on Thursday afternoon, to verify that the document has been signed by both parties involved.

Miller, a former selectmen, has been town coordinator since 2004. She was put on paid administrative leave by Wilson in July for reasons that have not yet been made public. When asked why Miller was put on leave, Wilson said the board could not disclose that, according to the terms of their agreement with Miller. They said Miller was free to comment if she wished to.

Miller did not attend the selectmen’s meeting in which they signed the agreement.

Besides serving as town coordinator, Miller has served five three-year terms as a selectmen. She had won a selectman’s race in 2003 before resigning it to take the town coordinator position.

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