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SHIRLEY — Police Chief Thomas Goulden’s fate remains unknown following a two-hour executive session Monday night.

Town Attorney Timothy D. Zessin and Selectmen Chairman Rico Cappucci, a retired police chief in Shirley, came into the selectmen’s chamber to make the announcement. A firm date for a decision has not been made, Zessin said.

Immediately before the meeting on Monday, Goulden said he intended to request that the hearing be held in open session. It was not.

The most recent meeting was a follow-up to a hearing on June 6. The vote to determine if Goulden would be fired was postponed because his attorney, Michael Akerson, did not receive all of the available documents prior to the hearing.

Goulden was put on paid administrative leave Feb. 28 and the town hired Paul White to investigate allegations against him.

White found that Goulden used “very poor judgment” because of “a systemic problem with the Shirley Police Department” twice and that he broke three town policies. The investigator dismissed five of the seven allegations.

The investigator found that Goulden, when off duty, asked an off-duty subordinate to get photos of recall petitions in a store. He also permitted a dispatcher to carry a concealed weapon which is against the town’s workplace violence policy.

During the hearing, two preliminary requests made by Akerson were denied. He requested that the meeting be delayed. Selectman Jim Wilson, a retired police officer, voted in favor but was shot down by Cappucci and Selectman Holly Haase.

Akerson questioned the propriety for Cappucci to take part in the hearing because of the chairman’s alleged personal relationship with former Sgt. Alfreda Cromwell. She was terminated in November on Goulden’s recommendation.

Cappucci declined to recuse himself saying that the attorney was crossing a line and making untrue statements.

Goulden was hired in July 2014.

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