Weare to hold public forum on embattled police department

Last modified: 11/8/2014 1:14:09 AM
The town of Weare plans to hold a public forum Nov. 19 on the state of its embattled police department and what steps officials plan to take in finding a new chief.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the town hall. Tom Clow, chairman of the board of selectman, said it will give residents a chance to ask questions and for the board to “just open up our whole process.” The board has held several nonpublic sessions recently, many of them after former Chief John Velleca tendered his resignation in the wake of an affair with his secretary. The board is allowed to meet privately when discussing personnel or other legally sensitive matters.

Clow said the board has yet to determine a search process for Velleca’s replacement. Last year, it contracted the process out to Municipal Resources, Inc. Clow said it’s possible the board will do the same this time around.


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