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IG hits Clark on Jacobson hire

State watchdog's office disagrees with law interpretation

Christopher Clark. (click for larger version)
November 09, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — The state inspector general's office has ruled Town Manager Christopher Clark violated the state's procurement laws when he did not go out to bid for a trash education and enforcement contractor.

In announcing the decision at Monday's Town Council meeting, Clark said the contract with Erik Jacobson of Dudley was terminated because "we did not complete the bid process. We will complete the bid process. It is likely that contractor will be back."

The ruling came after a complaint was filed with the inspector general's office. Clark referred to it Monday night as a "request."

The Town Council voted in September to hire Jacobson (operating as GreenBrown Consulting) to audit trash routes for compliance with container and recycling laws, help educate residents on what those laws are and enforce them with the aid of a police officer.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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