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February 27, 2013

Salem selectmen opt not to pursue investigation

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“I can figure better ways of spending 20 grand,” he said.

He said officials bringing the matter to him wanted it resolved outside an investigation.

“This is how I’m trying to handle it,” Hargreaves said.

“So, the individuals involved are going to discuss and resolve it between them to some sort of satisfaction?” McBride asked.

“Correct,” Hargreaves replied.

Keller asked Campbell if he had anything to add.

“Not at the moment,” Campbell replied.

Yesterday, Campbell emphasized he can’t say much about the matter because it involves town personnel, but appeared satisfied with the direction the board was taking.

“I think sitting down with the employee is a great thing,” he said, “and I have great hopes we can work things out between us, move forward and have a great relationship.”

Campbell, acknowledging state law is weak on the subject of conflict of interest by public officials, said he did not think his voting on the investigation question was improper.

“I obviously thought it was appropriate,” Campbell said.

None of his colleagues questioned his action during the meeting.

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