GROTON — The Board of Selectmen threw its support for the scandal-embroiled Town Manager Mark Haddad by casting a vote of confidence in a meeting that took place behind closed doors Wednesday night.
Selectmen Chairwoman Anna Eliot said the board met in an executive session and took a vote of confidence. The vote followed a review and discussions about an investigative report into the “indiscreet” texts and online communications that Haddad has admitted to having sent last year to a 41-year-old resident, Meghan Volpe. The vote came nearly a week after Selectman Joshua Degen called for the board to take a no-confidence vote on Haddad, saying the scandal has caused the public to loose trust in the town manager. Degen has also noted that his relationship with the town manager has been strained.
Eliot declined to release details of the confidence vote, including who voted for or against it. Eliot said the board will be releasing a statement regarding the confidence vote along with the investigative report at its Monday night meeting and that she will have no further comment on the issue until then.
Degen also declined to comment on the matter until Monday night. He said, however, that he is “taking the whole thing in and evaluating.”
“I’m contemplating where I go from here,” Degen said, adding that he could decide to continue work with the rest of the board and Haddad or choose not to. But, “I want to see what happens on Monday night and what the public has to say about this,” Degen said.
The selectmen’s meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at Town Hall.