EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — Town leaders will discuss next week a plan to put the town’s recently fired public works director on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of a
grievance he filed regarding his termination, they said Monday.
The Board of Selectmen tabled a plan during a meeting Monday to change Daniel Violette’s status but decided to wait a week. The members had questions they wanted town attorney Dean Beaupain to answer and hadn’t listed an executive-session discussion with Beaupain on the meeting’s agenda.
Board Chairman Clint Linscott wondered why the board wanted to wait. Violette signed documents accepting his termination after a March 12 meeting in executive session with selectmen and had admitted, Linscott said, to what town officials had accused him of.
“I think he [Violette] is being treated more than fairly,” Linscott said Monday.
Town officials have acted on Beaupain’s advice at every turn, the chairman noted.
Other board members and Richard Violette, an attorney and Violette’s brother and representative, had no response to Linscott’s statement. Daniel Violette did not attend the meeting.
The public works department director since 2005 and a 25-year town employee, Daniel Violette was fired after receiving a letter dated March 12 that accused him of misappropriating town funds
and taking six granite curbstones and two plows from the department.
The board met Thursday and reviewed his situation in executive session with Beaupain before re-adjourning and taking no action.
Daniel Violette did not attend that session and has not returned several telephone messages seeking comment.