Townsend Town Administrator James Kreidler.  FILE PHOTOSentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.
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TOWNSEND -- A complaint Town Administrator James Kreidler filed against a group of North Middlesex Regional School District employees alleging defamation will not move forward because of the district's complaint policy.

School policy for reporting grievances and investigating them only applies to students and teachers, Superintendent Joan Landers wrote in a letter to Kreidler provided to the Nashoba Valley Voice.

"While the District appreciates you bringing this to its attention, the District will not be providing you a forum to confront the NMRSD who have allegedly wronged you," she wrote.

Kreidler filed the complaint at the beginning of the month against Jennifer Reidy, a special education teacher at Varnum Brook Elementary School, for allegedly leading a coordinated campaign to libel and defame him through messages sent from school email addresses.

In the complaint, he alleges that Reidy broke school policies by using her school email to spread false information about his work in Winchendon and Townsend and to advocate for her husband, Townsend police officer George Reidy.

Officer Reidy was the subject of a police internal affairs investigation last year that found he gave confidential information about a Pepperell Police Department case to a Townsend resident. He was placed on six months of unpaid leave after signing a statement acknowledging the incident and lost his position as the school resource officer.

Landers declined to comment Monday about the complaint because it is a personnel matter.


About a week after Kreidler filed the complaint, she wrote to him that the School Committee had been made aware of it and that the district is obligated to address personnel matters through its practices and protocols.

He wrote back asking about the time frame and process to expect to address Reidy.

"I recognize that this may or may not be a personnel matter for the district but I see my complaint as a distinct and separate issue -- parallel facts but separate issue nonetheless," Kreidler wrote on April 12.

Now that he will not to able to address Reidy, Kreidler said he is unsure where that leaves his complaint.

He doesn't intend to sue or reach out to her outside of the school's complaint process.

Regardless, Kreidler still wants to be heard and receive acknowledgment of wrongdoing and an apology.

"It's not an excusable situation," he said. "I just want a fair and reasonable consideration."