Confusion on official procedures could impact Massachusetts fire chief's situation

  • Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette
  • Published: 02/16/2017 12:00 AM

A selectman called attention Tuesday night to the town's potentially flawed and confusing policies and procedures, which might come into play in deciding the fate of the town's fire chief, who has been on paid administrative leave for over a month. On Jan. 10, the selectmen alleged Fire Chief Peter Martell did not have the authority or the selectmen's approval to spend $33,814 of town money for a 2017 Ford Expedition. Although the disciplinary session focused on the SUV purchase, the selectmen said that Chief Martell was placed on paid administrative leave for submitting a home electric bill along with departmental bills (which Chief Martell said was an honest mistake) and would be on leave until a "forensic audit" is completed by the town account.


We welcome comments from registered users. Comments are solely the responsibility of those who post them; their viewpoints are not endorsed by the Daily Dispatch and (read more)
ship name
no comments have been added

Sign up to subscribe to custom state Daily Dispatch emails for free

click to subscribe