Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Sal Giorlandino has responded to the recent disclosure that the board launched an internal investigation of several town employees last fall. In an email sent this morning, Giorlandino said selectmen voted unanimously to initiate the investigation, and that they were required to do so under the town’s professional conduct policy.
Giorlandino said they expect the investigation to wrap up soon, and a report will be issued to the Board of Selectmen. No word on whether the report will be made public.
Here’s the full text of Giorlandino’s email.
I am writing in response to an article that appeared in the MetroWest Daily News on April 17th or 18th that reported that the Southborough Board of Selectmen was conducting an internal investigation of several Town employees. From April 16 through April 24, I was in Washington, D.C. and Maryland with my family, visiting potential colleges for my oldest daughter. As a result, this has been my first opportunity to respond your inquiries regarding the MetroWest Daily News article.
I greatly appreciate the concerns of Southborough residents and their desire to learn more information about the matter. Due to the fact that the internal investigation is still ongoing, I can only provide the following information at this time:
By a unanimous vote of all three members of the Board of Selectmen (Bonnie Phaneuf, Bill Boland, and I), the Board initiated the internal investigation in November 2009 after receiving a complaint from a Southborough employee regarding purported actions of several Southborough managerial employees. The Board was required to initiate the internal investigation under the Town’s Professional Conduct Policy. The purported incident also occurred just a few months after the Board of Selectmen and Southborough Town Counsel had conducted a training or Management Summit for Town managerial employees and heads of boards and committees on various legal topics, including individual and municipal liability. To ensure a fair and impartial investigation, the Board unanimously appointed attorney James B. Lampke to conduct the internal investigation. Mr. Lampke is a highly respected attorney who has served as town counsel to several municipalities, and is experienced in this type of investigative work. Regarding Mr. Lampke’s investigation in the Southborough matter, it is the Board’s understanding that the investigation will be concluded in the near future, and that Mr. Lampke will discuss his findings and recommendations with the Board.