Rockport manager deal remains in limbo for holiday weekend

Posted Feb. 15, 2013, at 6:25 p.m.

ROCKPORT, Maine — The public release of the details of a severance agreement with Rockport Town Manager Robert Peabody will have to wait a few more days.

William Chapman, the chairman of the Rockport select board, met for an hour Friday with town employees to discuss a still-unspecified personnel matter. Chapman said one part of the agreement calls for him to meet with employees.

The chairman has not revealed who the employee is but sources have confirmed that it is Peabody.

The board authorized Chapman earlier this week to sign the agreement. He initially said it would be released Thursday and then Friday but as of 5 p.m. Friday, the documents signed by Peabody had not been received at the town office.

The town office will not reopen until Tuesday because of the Presidents Day holiday.

Peabody has been on paid leave since Jan. 29 following a series of closed-door meetings concerning an unspecified personnel matter.

The meetings by the board during the past two months started after two town department heads filed a complaint with Chapman. The department heads hired attorney John Richardson of Brunswick.

Chapman said he could not comment on a second personnel complaint.

Peabody has been the town’s manager for eight years. He is in the middle of a contract that runs through June 30, 2014, with a salary this year of $92,706.

Town Clerk Linda Greenlaw is interim town manager, per the town charter.

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