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Appointment Made After Deadline
appointment of Steven Dewhurst to the position of Water Commissioner
was made after the January 31st deadline and to a non
public email address of Town Administrator Richard LaFond. At the
February 12 Selectmen’s meeting citizen activist Bobbie Frugoli asked
Administrator LaFond when each application was received. LaFond
responded January 31. Public records uncovered by FixCarver.Com reveal
that Dewhurst submitted his application on January 31 at 5:55 PM to a
non-public email address. It is unclear when LaFond received the
application because the copy obtained by FixCarver.Com was forwarded
from Jack Hunter to LaFond on February 1 at 8:26 PM 28 hours and 26
minutes after the deadline. Dewhurst, who was sitting in the audience
allowed Lafond’s incomplete and misleading statement to stand
made a cornerstone of his interview for the position transparency
and openness stating “Public transparency is very important that’s a
hot button issue and rightfully so and people should know what we’re
talking about and have input into the process.”… “One of the things
I’d like to do is insure that everything we do is transparent, and
clear and open…,” “I intend to work in a very public and
thinks the motives of Mr. Dewhurst and Mr. LaFond are indeed
As always we provide a copy of the application for
all to view.
Spurned applicant to
North Carver Board of Water Commissioners questions
An applicant left off
the North Carver Board of Water Commissioners says one
person’s application was filed after the deadline.
CARVER — The only one of four applicants left off
the North Carver Board of Water Commissioners has filed a complaint
with selectmen, alleging one of the commissioners’ appointments was
Laurie Lane resident Paul Johnson, Michael Bumpus, Steven Dewhurst
and Steven Romano were the four candidates who applied for three
openings on the North Carver Board of Water Commissioners last
Johnson questioned the validity of Dewhurst’s electronic
application, which was sent to Town Administrator Richard LaFond at
5:55 p.m. Jan. 31.
The application deadline stated it was to be “before the close of
business Jan. 31“, but no exact time was given.
“The e-mail is proof the application was received after the close of
business on the day of the deadline,” Johnson said.
“If I had applied at that time, my application would not have been
accepted. I don’t want a process like this where cronies are allowed
to come in the back door. It’s an illegal process that’s been going
on in Carver too long,” he said.
Johnson assumed the e-mail address Dewhurst sent his application to
was LaFond’s personal e-mail address. However, The Enterprise
learned it was an old town e-mail address when the town operated
under the Adelphia network years ago.
Dewhurst copied his e-mail application to Director of Planning and
Community Development Jack Hunter, who has been spearheading the
development of the North Carver Water District.
“It’s a good thing Mr. Dewhurt copied Jack Hunter or we never
would’ve gotten his application and he would have missed the
deadline,” LaFond said.
“Mr. Dewhurst knows Jack’s involved in the project and we would have
never turned anyone else’s application away just because it was 5:55
on the day of the deadline. There was no time set by selectmen and
Mr. Dewhurst is prepared at any minute to discuss why he applied and
why he can’t wait to get in. I wish we could play into Mr. Johnson’s
conspiratorial theory here, but I guess all we have left is a bad
e-mail address,” he said.
Dewhurst said on Jan. 31 he was busy with work and delayed applying
until the last minute.
“I don’t have as much free time as Mr. Johnson, so I waited until
the end of my work day,” Dewhurst said.
“I sent the application to Mr. LaFond’s professional e-mail address
not realizing it was an old one and I copied my wife, Sarah Hewins
and Jack Hunter.”
03/19/2015 03:44 PM