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Town braces for Carlisle lawsuit

Clark: He has telegraphed his plans

Clayton Carlisle (click for larger version)
March 22, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — Former Town Manager Clayton Carlisle, whose controversial tenure ended with a suspension and early resignation, is almost certain to make good on earlier threats to sue the town, according to documents obtained by the Southbridge Evening News.

In a memo to town councilors earlier this month, Town Manager Christopher Clark said a March 8 meeting with Carlisle and his attorney, Robert Hennigan Jr., led him to believe "that Mr. Carlisle and Attorney Hennigan are in fact beginning the process to file formal suit … regarding Mr. Carlisle's departure from the town."

In the memo, Clark requested a March 15 executive session with councilors and Town Counsel Robert Caprera. Executive session material is protected under the state's Open Meeting Law, so the Southbridge Evening News has not been granted access to th e substance of that meeting, although in his memo, Clark wrote that Caprera would "join us … to discuss our options and defense for litigation…"

In addition to Clark's memo, the documents include two letters — both in 2009, dated April 2 and Sept. 30 — from Carlisle's attorney concerning the latter's "claims for damages against the town."

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

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