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Wrentham selectmen skip public comment

Posted by Martin Finucane March 7, 2007 12:42 PM


Four Wrentham police officers were prevented from speaking out last night when the board of selectmen abruptly adjourned its meeting without allowing public comment.

The police had hoped to confront Selectwoman Jennifer Firth about comments she made earlier this year about a police officer writing a threat on an Internet message board two years ago.

Local police say Firth made a reckless charge against them and should resign. Firth says she never specifically mentioned a Wrentham officer.

An investigation by the district attorney’s office found no evidence that a Wrentham officer had made an online threat.

Chairwoman Mary Dunn was instrumental in creating the public forum segment of the selectmen’s agenda in the late 1990s. She said it was the first time she had asked for a motion to close the meeting when residents wanted to speak.

“That’s my prerogative,” Dunn said.

Dunn said she has scheduled the police union for the April 3 agenda.

Sgt. William McGrath, president of the union, said the board is only trying to delay the union’s response.

-- Calvin Hennick

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