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December 19, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Filling the gaps was the name of the game Thursday evening, Dec. 15, as the Protection of Persons & Property subcommittee threw its support behind hiring three police officers and two firefighter/paramedics.

Even so, it had a bit of controversy, as two of those present objected to not having police résumé-related information until the last minute. Citizen member Roger Caouette ended up abstaining from an otherwise unanimous vote to support the hiring of Daniel Rogers, Miosotis Diaz-Ortiz and Brian Ruggieri.

"I tried to get information out of your office, and there was no information to get," Caouette told Town Manager Christopher Clark, later adding he wanted to study them and felt voting now was "like signing a blank check."

Councilor Conrad Vandal also objected, saying councilors normally "get résumés a week ahead of time," but he's not a subcommittee member and therefore couldn't vote (the packets did include the firefighter résumés).

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

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