March 16, 2010
Attending the meeting; Jon Trefry, Andrea Morgante, Ken Brown, Randy Volk, Howard Russell, Jeanne Wilson
Meeting called to order at 5:32 p.m.
Randy moved that the Board vote to go into executive session, including Jeanne Wilson, to discuss legal and personnel issues. Seconded by Howard and approved.
Andrea moved that the Board come out of executive session. Seconded by Howard and approved.
Andrea moved that the Board vote to terminate the employment of Chief of Police Chris Morrell for just cause as supported by the decision of Arbitrator Michael Ryan effective immediately. Seconded by Howard and approved unanimously.
Howard moved that the Board vote to sign a letter to the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council advising of the termination of employment of Chris Morrell. Seconded by Ken and approved.
Howard moved that the Board vote to sign a letter to Chris Morrell regarding accrued benefits and return of Town property. Seconded by Andrea and approved.
Howard moved that the Board vote to approve the following public statement to accompany the arbitration report of Michael Ryan:
“On March 16, 2010, the Hinesburg Selectboard unanimously voted to dismiss Police Chief, Chris Morrell. The Chief was placed on administrative leave in April 2009. In July of 2009 the Chief and Board agreed that an independent arbitrator would conduct hearings and make a decision regarding ‘just cause’ for dismissal. Eleven days of hearings began in September of 2009 and ended in January of 2010. Arbitrator Michael Ryan delivered his decision in favor of the Town on Monday March 15. Although the Selectboard does not concur with all the arbitrator’s conclusions, the Board felt that it was a balanced decision. Ryan found fault with the actions of all parties involved, calling it a sad and tragic affair, but ultimately agreed that the Selectboard was justified in its decision.
The Hinesburg Selectboard expresses it sincere appreciation to the Town staff, and especially the members of the Community Police Department, for their loyalty to the organization and the community during this stressful period.”
Second by Ken and approved.
Randy moved the Board vote to adjourn at 7:00 p.m., second by Howard and approved.
Jeanne Kundell Wilson