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Reinforcing civil service

Sturbridge revising personnel policies

June 16, 2010
STURBRIDGE — Everybody learns the Golden Rule when they're young: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.

Sometimes people need a little reminding.

The Board of Selectmen will revisit a discussion of the town's board, committee and commission handbook to clarify any misnomers about who is governed by the rules contained therein and what the ramifications are for a breech of those rules.

Although the review of the regulatory handbook was prompted by recent events, which led to the censure of one selectman by his colleagues for use of "sexually degrading" language during a public meeting, selectmen are not focusing on the specific incident.

"You try and set policy separate from an incident," said Chairman Ted Goodwin. "It's got to be more overarching and it's got to apply to all cases."

Goodwin said the rules and regulations in the handbook, which was last updated in 2008 according to Town Administrator Shaun Suhoski, should be reviewed every year or every few years regardless of whether or not a precipitating incident invites questioning of a specific section of the handbook.

"The environment in which we govern changes," Goodwin said.

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