Selectman Christopher Donato said Tuesday that part of the town's settlement with Police Chief Mark DeLuca involves allegations made against the chief.
Donato said he learned over the weekend that â€œstatements were made under oathâ€ regarding allegations against DeLuca. However, he said he was not privy to any of the specifics. He did say, however, that as part of the settlement those allegations â€œwould disappear.â€
During Monday's Board of Selectmen meeting, Town Counsel Robert Troy said in a brief open session that â€œBecause of today's events it might be a good idea to cancel the meeting ... simply for the advantages of time.â€ He did not at the time elaborate as to what those events might be.
During a closed-door session portion of the meeting that was inadvertently broadcast over local cable access, Troy elaborated to the board.
â€œPeople have made statements that is quite frankly, imposes on the municipality a duty to investigate whether those statements are affirmed or not affirmed,â€ he said. â€œThat has to be ferreted out and that's going to be a lengthy period of time.â€
After the meeting, Troy declined to comment publicly, saying that he was not involved in any statements and was merely referring to them as a procedural matter. Board of Selectmen Chairwoman Betsy Sullivan and Town Manager Richard MacDonald declined to comment.