Press Release

The Board has received a complaint filed by Facilities Manager Wayne Walkden which advances allegations against the Town Manager and DPW Director. The Board was advised in advance of the receipt of Walkden's written complaint and voted to conduct an investigation at that time. At the Board's direction, Town Counsel retained Paul L'Italien to conduct the investigation. Mr. L'Italien owns and operates L'Italien Investigative Services, which is located in Pembroke. Mr. L'Italien is a retired law enforcement officer with approximately twenty-seven years of service with the Massachusetts State Police. Mr. L'Italien has commenced his review of the complaint and has proposed a date to interview Mr. Walkden. From there, we anticipate that he will interview additional persons and review various documents that may be germane to Mr. Walkden's allegations. The Board will not involve itself in Mr. L'Italien's investigatory process, unless Mr. L'Italien requests to interview Board members, and we will await Mr. L'Italien's full report before we take any official action on Mr. Walkden's allegations. During the pendency of the investigation, the Town Manager, DPW Director, and Mr. Walkden will continue to perform their normal and customary duties for the Town. Pending the outcome of the investigation, the Board members will not be making additional comments or answering questions until the final report is delivered.