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January 18, 2014

Pelham town administrator is placed on leave

Selectmen release few details

PELHAM — Town Administrator Tom Gaydos has been placed on administrative leave, but selectmen are not saying why.

Selectmen’s Chairman Edmund Gleason and Selectman William McDevitt would only say last night it was a “personal issue.” Police Chief Joseph Roark is filling in during the 11-year town administrator’s absence, they said.

“I cannot comment on it because it’s a personnel issue,” Gleason said.

The two selectmen did confirm that Gaydos was placed on leave following an emergency nonpublic session at Town Hall on Jan. 9. They would not say if he was on paid leave.

Gleason said selectmen are scheduled to announce the move to the public at their meeting Tuesday night. Town employees were notified of the decision shortly after Gaydos was placed on leave, he said.

Gleason said he did not know if Gaydos’ leave would be long term.

“We are just waiting for some kind of resolution,” he said.

Hesaid Roark agreed to take on some of the job’s duties while serving as police chief. Roark is not receiving extra pay, he said.

“He’s just trying to fill the gap,” Gleason said.

Gleason would not say if Gaydos is under investigation, but did confirm he was not placed on leave because of criminal allegations.

“There is no criminal activity,” he said.

Gaydos was arrested on two simple assault charges in January 2010. The incident involved a 50-year-old woman who lived at his home. Gleason said Gaydos was never convicted in that case.

He has been town administrator since July 2002.

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