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Rights violated in TA search?

Blanchard wants investigation

November 16, 2009
STURBRIDGE — Amid an already contentious search for Sturbridge's next town administrator, applicant Charles T. Blanchard has requested the Board of Selectmen launch an investigation into what he called "a serious violation of [his] rights."

The issue spilled over into an acrimonious exchange between selectmen during a meeting on Monday, Nov. 16.

Blanchard, town administrator in Paxton and husband to Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Mary Blanchard, issued a letter to the selectmen on Thursday, Nov. 12 expressing dismay over the fact that his candidacy for the Sturbridge position had been made public in both the first and second searches.

Referring to a newspaper article broadcasting his candidacy, Blanchard said in his letter, "This is the second time my candidacy for this position had been compromised by the improper and illegal activities of one or more Sturbridge officials."

Blanchard went on to say, "I request that you conduct a full investigation into this serious violation of my rights."

See Wednesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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