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April 30, 2014

Groveland officialfaces ethics charge

Gorski's conflict-of-interest hearing begins today

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In February 2012, Gorski’s son was taken off paid administrative leave and placed on sick leave, requiring him to use accrued sick time to continue getting paid, the ruling said.

While he was on both administrative leave and sick leave, Eric Gorski, who joined the department in 1997, was not eligible to earn overtime pay or work private traffic details. Town officials have declined to say why Eric Gorski was suspended with pay in 2011 and then placed on sick leave in February 2012. According to the Ethics Commission, Kirmelewicz restored the patrolman to active duty in July 2012.

The Ethic’s Commission’s enforcement division ruling alleges Gorski expressed her displeasure about her son being on administrative leave several times to the other two members of the Board of Selectmen — Donald Greaney and William Darke.

“She also approached the head of the police union, a police detective, while he was working a private traffic detail and asked whether he and the union were doing everything they could do regarding her son’s situation,” the enforcement division’s decision said.

According to the decision, during a secret selectmen’s meeting in March 2012 to discuss Kirmelewicz’s contract, Gorski again brought up the administrative action against her son and asked why Kirmelewicz was ruining her son’s “name, reputation and livelihood.” That meeting began without Gorski, but the other two selectman called her and invited her to the meeting.

“When Gorski arrived at the meeting she expressed her negative feelings to Chief Kirmelewicz about his decisions he had made regarding her son,” the decision said. “The chief, in turn, told Gorski his concerns about her son. Chief Kirmelewicz asked Gorski, ‘Why do you want to want to take my job away?’ In response, Gorski asked the chief, ‘Why are you ruining my son’s name, reputation and livelihood.’’’ That meeting ended without further action, the enforcement division’s ruling said.

On April 27, 2012, Kirmelewicz signed a three-year contract extension without Gorski’s support. The agreement was signed by Greaney and Darke.

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