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last year. Their silence is even more peculiar in the wake of a recent impromptu announcement in June by Chief Deputy Sheriff/Finance Committee Chairman David H. Tuttle who claimed he had spoken with Worcester DA Joseph Early and had been assured a “resolution” would be forthcoming in mere days. Well, days have turned into weeks and weeks have turned into two months – and still no (public) resolution. Resolution (n): A solemn judgment or decision of a court . Surely the Mock Turtle and DA wouldn’t be misrepresenting the Truth… Time will soon tell. The following was a records request forwarded to the DA’s Office today (8/12/13):
Mr. Joseph Early: The following is a records request pursuant to state law. On August 3, 2012 I requested the following public records related to a forensic audit in Barre: 1. The Town of Barre’s contract with Powers & Sullivan; 2. The Summary of Findings submitted by Powers & Sullivan last year to the Town of Barre; In a reply from your Office dated August 10, 2012 ADA Christopher Hodgens denied this request citing the Investigatory Exemption, MGL c. 4, s. 7(26)(f). The Supervisor of Records affirmed this decision in a disposition letter to me dated October 3, 2012. However, in his ruling, attorney Shawn Williams wrote “once the investigation is completed, the responsive records must (emphasis added) be made available”. The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported on the status of the criminal investigation on June 13, 2013 (http://www.telegram.com/article/20130613/NEWS/106139926/1116), DA nears resolution of Barr (sic) tax collector probe: The DA “assured us a resolution will be coming within days,” (emphasis added) Barre Finance Committee Chairman David Tuttle said during the meeting. “They are finalizing this,” he added. In an interview after the meeting, Mr. Tuttle said he contacted the DA because residents want to know the status of the investigation, but said he had no other information from the prosecutor’s office.
That was almost two months ago. Presumably the investigation has since concluded and the legal premise to withhold these records no longer exists. I appreciate your anticipated and timely cooperation in this matter. Regards, Craig Shibley