Residents question Kittery council about resignations

7:56 PM, Jan 5, 2013   |    comments
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KITTERY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Residents had the chance to question town officials about the resignations of both the town manager and the police chief Saturday.

At a meeting on December 10th, Chief Paul Callaghan and town manager Bob Markel both resigned, after a vote of no confidence of Chief Callaghan by the police union. The union asked Markel to fire Callaghan, which resulted in months of turmoil between Markel and the council. Several residents asked whether changes in the hiring process need to be made to ensure that a situation like this doesn't happen again.

"Get your acts together," Kittery resident Dennis Eastes told the council. "Get on the ball, understand what you're all doing. You guys are all in the same seats up there. You should be communicating. If you can't see that there's dialogue going on over here that's souring the process, and you can't address it then you shouldn't be sitting there."

Councilors agreed to discuss changes in future council meetings, and assured residents that the council has acted in the town's best interest.

"I've done everything that is appropriate first and foremost for the community, for the town organization, and then myself," Council chairperson George Dow said. "There's nothing else that I would do different than anything that has been done, and I feel very strongly that this town is being well-served by this council."

Callaghan's last day was December 21st. Markel's last day is January 24th.












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