With all that is going on with the EPD I have to ask who’s protecting Egremont? It was posted as a comment on (EPD at its best) and I heard from a reliable source that for some reason Officers Pilone and Carlson are no longer employed by the town. If this is true and I believe it is, it means that 4 out of the Magnificent Seven Mutineers have left the force. If Hans and Jeremy are leaving then now we have only 1 full time officer, two part time officers and a part time interim chief. Makes ya wonder who is protecting the town?
There will be a closed session at the BoS meeting tonight to discuss “EMPLOYEE ISSUES” Presumably this will be to discuss the police dept or lack thereof. I am told that the BoS will only open the meeting to go into closed session. Then after the closed session they will reopen the regular session just to adjourn. The BoS covers their use of the closed door session by claiming they are protecting the privacy of the employees. I think they are covering their own asses. Every time a new issue surfaces it casts new light on the EPD fiasco that they created. Perhaps if the BoS used this closed door policy when Officer Pilone started to spew out a litany of charges against Chief Bucknell we wouldn’t be in this situation.
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It's almost a comedy show, but it's really just a comic tragedy! We now find out that Officer Pilone and Officer Carlson have been locked out of the police station. It appears the lock combinations have been changed to prevent their entrance. They haven't appeared for work Monday or Tuesday, as well! There is a Selectmen's meeting scheduled for Wednesday, apparently to discuss them. Let's see, since Chief Bucknell was improperly placed on Administrative leave, two officers have been suspended for breaking into the evidenced room and two others are now locked out of the Police Station. These are the people charging Chief Bucknell with improper conduct? Why are these issues being kept quiet by the Selectboard? Why aren't these officers being let go since they are still on probation and can be immediately dismissed; without question?
I have to assume from the way those in charge are evading my questions that the rumor is true. I asked Mary if the officers resigned or were fired. She seemed a bit surprised that I was even aware of the situation and answered quite obliquely. She said no one has resigned and no one has been fired. She isn’t lying since the meeting to decide this issue is set for tonight I guess we’ll find out then. I asked someone at the police dept if officers Pilone and Carlson are no longer with us and was abruptly told that they don’t know what is going on with them. Why is it so difficult to get an answer to information that should be available upon request?
With all this secrecy the town can’t wonder why the citizens have to resort to reading a blog in order to get good information. Say what you will about this blog but the information has proven to be pretty fair and accurate. I’m sure my distracters will say I am posting inaccurate information; but wait until the facts come out and you’ll see that I am not far off. Look at the water company numbers. I was castigated for claiming we lost tens to hundreds of thousands of tax dollars. The FC numbers proved we lost hundreds of thousands of dollars. In the end the facts supported my original approximated numbers. On the lighter side’ if we keep changing the locks on the EPD doors we can qualify for a bulk rate.KevinZurrin