“There are too many conflicts,” he said. “My loyalty is to the town of Salem ...”
Salem and other community officials are upset that the LGC contends refunds would be limited to those enrolled when they are finally issued. The LGC appealed the bureau’s ruling to the state Supreme Court, but announced this fall it would deal with the surplus problem by giving credits against future payments.
Although Hickey said it has not been determined how much money should be refunded to Salem, Selectmen’s Chairman Patrick Hargreaves has estimated it should be about $250,000.
Hickey said he still maintains a positive relationship with the LGC, which he called a “great organization” that has advised and provided help to communities for years. He said the action taken against the LGC was politically motivated, but did not elaborate.
Hickey’s resignation was announced on the organization’s website by LGC board Chairman Tom Enright.
He thanked Hickey for his service to the LGC.
“I will greatly miss Keith’s counsel and long loyalty to LGC, and we wish him well as he continues his career in public service to local government,” Enright said.