The Eagle-Tribune has previously reported that McQuillan sent a text message to D’Agostino during the job interview. In response, The Eagle-Tribune requested and obtained McQuillan’s phone and email records, but not before McQuillan reviewed and redacted them.
In a followup letter sent Monday to the Ethics Commission, Gagliardi wrote that “we believe ... McQuillan began destroying public records, specifically the text messages off his city cell phone to obfuscate the investigation.”
“This conduct by a public employee running a city’s legal department is not only unconscionable and reprehensible but clearly, in our opinion, unethical,” wrote Gagliardi.
McQuillan declined comment last night when reached by phone.