The Board of Selectmen and Police Chief Mark DeLuca appear to have come to an agreement on a dispute over the chief's contract status, although officials aren't saying much about what was said behind closed doors.
The Board of Selectmen abruptly canceled their regular agenda on Monday night and met in executive session with Town Counsel Robert Troy, Police Chief Mark DeLuca and DeLuca's attorney Gerard McAuliffe. The meeting moved from the Mural Room in Town Hall to the selectmen's office after a resident informed them that their voices could be heard over the TV. (Executive sessions are supposed to be off-limits to the public as exemptions to the Open Meeting Law.)
After a lengthy meeting in the selectmen's office, the three members of the board, Chairwoman Betsy Sullivan, Jon Witten and Christopher Donato, all declined comment, as did DeLuca and his attorney, and Town Manager Richard MacDonald.
Town Counsel Robert Troy said that the board had taken a vote during their executive session, but declined to elaborate on what the result of the vote was.
"The board took a vote and we have successfully resolved all of the issues that relate to the police chief's contract and to the town's declination to renew the contract," Troy said after the meeting.
"We have agreed to resolve all issues that relate to the police chief's contract and the non-renewal of that contract. We mutually agreed between town and the police chief, and the board has taken a vote and we're going to be in the process of drafting all the terms that were stipulated," he said. "The chief has agreed and so the matter is now closed."
DeLuca has been in a battle for his job ever since the town manager sent him a letter stating his contract would not be renewed when it expires on Nov. 20. DeLuca's supporters have been vocal in urging the town manager to change his mind, showing up in force at selectmen meetings and organizing a petition drive.