By Anne O'Connor

aoconnor@nashobavalleyvoice.com

SHIRLEY -- Selectmen continued to address an investigation into the Recreation Commission by the Middlesex District Attorney's Office.

Before making any decisions, Chairman Rico Cappucci consulted with town counsel who found it appropriate that the town provide records.

A control audit is already planned, said Selectman Holly Haase. "I think it went too far, she said. The commission should have been able to complete the audit.

One of the problems concerning the Recreation Commission involved paying by check and they have corrected that, Cappucci said.

The Police Department is still involved with the investigation, he said. Because the investigator in the department is new and may not be certified, they should not be included.

The police have to cooperate with the District Attorney's office, said Selectman Jim Wilson, a retired police officer.

The District Attorney usually does an investigation and gets help from a local agency, said Town Counsel Brian Maser of KP Law.

"I don't believe we are hiding anything," Cappucci said.

The board voted unanimously to request the Recreation Commission cooperate with the investigation.

"I don't believe this is the right thing to do," Haase said. However, she had two letters that said there was no choice.


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The entire board also voted to direct town counsel contact the District Attorney and ask that the police not be part of the investigation but to use an outside agency or investigator if needed.

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