GROTON — Selectman Josh Degen will call for a “no confidence vote” against Town Manager Mark Haddad. Degan issued a personal statement on Thursday morning, stating that he would be asking his fellow board members to call for the vote, ousting Haddad from the job he’s held for just over three years.
Degen said the town charter allows for the removal of the town manager with a four-fifths affirmative vote, either with no monetary compensation with just cause, or a three-month severance payment without cause.
He said he would specifically be calling attention to the moral standards provision in Section 1-8 of the charter.
Allegations concerning Haddad sending “indiscreet” texts and online communications to 41-year-old Groton resident Meghan Volpe surfaced in December. She alleges that Haddad promised her certain town services that are not available to other residents while acting inappropriately toward her. Haddad admitted in early December that he had sent “indiscreet” messages to Volpe.
The investigative report into the matter has been concluded, but Degen has said he’s not satisfied with it, after learning that it has been sent directly to town counsel and bypassing selectmen.
“I can no longer trust Mr. Haddad as I believe he has both lied to us and compromised his ability to lead,” Degen wrote. “His behavior taints any decisions that affect the town’s future.”