Bangor Chamber controversy ends with accord

By Eric Russell, BDN Staff
Posted July 10, 2009, at 2:29 p.m.

BANGOR — The debate over the recent dismissal of Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce president Candy Guerette has been resolved with Guerette agreeing to a severance package of four month pay plus benefits.

Charles Gilbert, an attorney representing Guerette, sent chamber members a letter on Friday that indicated an agreement had been reached. A special meeting that was scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Friday to discuss the matter further was promptly cancelled.

“The original reason for the call of the meeting has been resolved,” Gilbert wrote. “There is no longer any practical or legal purpose for the meeting. Discussion on any topic other than the one for which the original notice was given would have been out of order had the meeting been held, and could not have been undertaken even if the matter had not been resolved.”

While Gilbert declined to comment on the terms of the settlement, John Diamond, chairman of the chamber’s board of directors, said Guerette agreed to the chamber’s initial offer of four months severance.

In a letter to chamber members, Diamond apologized to members for any inconvenience during the last few days.

“As we put this personnel matter behind us, be assured that the chamber board and staff will continue to work diligently to advance the interests of our chamber members and our region,” Diamond wrote in a letter to members.

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