Montague Selectboard member sees progress — and another meeting — after latest executive sessions


Recorder Staff
Tuesday, February 06, 2018

TURNERS FALLS — A routine Selectmen’s meeting ended with two consecutive closed-door sessions to discuss “complaints and potential disciplinary action” against a town employee, and to “conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel,” with Police Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge in attendance.

The sessions adjourned around 9 p.m., about 30 minutes after going into executive session, but Selectmen had nothing to report. Selectboard member Rich Kuklewicz said no votes were taken and could not report whether Dodge was the center of discussion at the sessions.

“We are moving closer, is all I can say,” Kuklewicz said.

Town officials placed Dodge on paid administrative leave at the end of October, weeks after an Oct. 12 Greenfield Recorder story detailed a probe into alleged mishandling of prescription drop-box drugs at the police station.

At Monday’s meeting, Dodge was accompanied by his wife and his attorney Austin Joyce. Town Attorney Timothy Zessin joined Selectboard members Kuklewicz, Michael Nelson and Christopher Boutwell along with Town Administrator Steve Ellis.

A similar executive session was held the morning of Saturday, Jan. 27, with the same outcome: no votes were taken and Selectboard members only could say that they “made steps through the process.”

Ellis said he anticipates that there will be another executive session next Monday, but it is unclear whether it will be held before or after the regularly scheduled Selectboard meeting.