Stonington selectmen postpone discussion on FOI order

Stonington — The Board of Selectmen has postponed its Monday discussion of whether to comply with a state Freedom of Information Commission order to release a harassment complaint against First Selectmen Ed Haberek to The Day.

The meeting had originally been slated for Aug. 13 but was moved to Monday. On Wednesday, Town Attorney Thomas Londregan said Selectwoman Glee McAnanly cannot make the meeting, so the discussion will be postponed to a later date, when she can attend. No new date has been set.

McAnanly is set to resign Sept. 15. That leaves just two regular selectmen meetings before her departure.

At the beginning of last week, the commission officially notified the town that it has upheld The Day’s complaint against the town and ordered the town to “forthwith” release a harassment complaint that former Human Services employee Alicia O’Neill filed against Haberek in 2009. The town refused to release the complaint when The Day requested it last summer.

The town has the option of not releasing the complaint and appealing the order to Superior Court within 45 days.

The Day has also requested the “supervisory file” that former Administrative Services Director George Sylvestre compiled about the O’Neill complaint. Selectmen are also expected to consider the release of the file in conjunction with its discussion about the release of O’Neill’s complaint.


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