Cohasset Selectmen’s Meeting June 19
1. Town Counsel and a private investigator are giving the board the results of an investigation in which Acting Town Manager Mike Milanoski is the defendant.
2. Town Counsel finds Milanoski innocent of charges made by the suspended Police Chief .
3. Town Counsel and the investigator never interviewed the suspended Police Chief. Normal procedure would have been to talk to him before the investigation took place and then at the conclusion of the investigation. To not talk with him at all and to find it unnecessary to speak with him, is highly unusual. Selectmen vote to have the investigators interview the chief before their meeting on June 26.
3. It is now later in the evening, at the same meeting. Milanoski recommends that Selectmen sign a new contract with Town Counsel. For some time the board has been discussing putting out an RFP for Town Counsel to see if the Town can get a better price from another firm. Another firm had been tapped. But now Milanoski recommends that the BOS stay with Town Counsel; he feels the Town can negotiate some prices from within the present contract.
4. Milanoski may have been leaning in this direction, anyway. But now there’s a question of partiality.
Is suspended Police Chief Mark DeLuca getting a fair shake? The people investigating this matter should not be related to the Town in any way. Town Counsel protects the Selectmen. He works with Milanoski on a daily basis. Mialnoski doesn’t directly hire Town Counsel but his recommendation is powerful. This same evening Milanoski directed his board away from putting out a legal RFP. He, Milanoski, will be negotiating a new contract with Town Counsel, who has just found him innocent. It may not be quid pro quo, but it sure fits the definition.
Chief DeLuca’s livelihood and reputation are at stake here.
Selectmen can not be too busy to do the right thing by this man.