Granby fire chief suspended over reckless behavior, online comments

Granby fire chief suspended over reckless behavior, online comments By: MICHAEL CONNORS | Daily Hampshire Gazette GRANBY — Fire Chief John Mitchell, who has been suspended without pay for the month of June due to accusations of speeding and recklessness while driving town cars, will continue his suspension into July after coming under fire for questionable Facebook comments. Mitchell was placed on unpaid leave after allegations surfaced that the fire chief sped during poor road conditions and misused emergency lights to pass other cars during an April 30 trip to Walpole with three other members of the town’s fire department, according to minutes from a May 27 executive session of the town’s Select Board. There was also one other instance

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Protesters outside hearing call for Dalton chief’s firing, next hearing June 18

Protesters outside hearing call for Dalton chief’s firing, next hearing June 18 By: Larry Parnass | The Berkshire Eagle DALTON — Whether Dalton’s police chief helped or hindered the career of a former rank-and-file officer lies at the heart of an investigation into his eight-year management of the department. A hearing that began Friday into Chief Jeffrey E. Coe’s conduct in office ran for three and a half hours Friday, with an outside investigator as the sole witness. The hearing will resume June 18 at 10 a.m. at the Dalton Senior Center. Coe was placed on paid administrative leave this winter for reasons withheld from the public until Friday, when attorney Timothy D. Zessin, representing the town, leveled the claim

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Joyce, Vigliotti And Gambaccini Named Super Lawyers For 2019

The Worcester, Massachusetts law firm of Reardon, Joyce & Akerson, P.C. announces that three of its attorneys, Austin Joyce, John Vigliotti and Andrew Gambaccini, have been selected as Super Lawyers for 2019 by Super Lawyers Magazine. Austin Joyce, the firm’s senior attorney, has been practicing law since 1979. John Vigliotti receives the award for the fifth time, one for each year he has been eligible. Prior to being named a Super Lawyer, Vigliotti twice was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine. Andrew Gambaccini receives the honor for the third time in his third year of eligibility. Previously, Gambaccini was named a Rising Star in eight years by Super Lawyers Magazine. Each year, no more than five percent of

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Deputy sues Dracut manager

  Chartrand says Duggan ruined his police career By: Amaris Castillo | Lowell Sun DRACUT — A long-simmering feud between Town Manager Jim Duggan and Deputy Police Chief David Chartrand has spilled over into federal court. Chartrand on July 17 filed a civil-rights lawsuit against Duggan, seeking redress for “the unlawful and unconstitutional targeted bullying and retaliatory misconduct” of the town manager, according to the suit. Chartrand, who is represented by attorney Andrew Gambaccini, is demanding a trial by jury and seeking $1.8 million in punitive and compensatory damages. The 50-page lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court of the District of Massachusetts details the tangled history between both men and other town officials. “Using the authority of his office, Duggan

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Chartrand vs. Duggan: It’s not over quite yet

  Chartrand vs. Duggan: It’s not over quite yet A Sun staff report by The Lowell Sun DON’T EXPECT the feud between Dracut Town Manager Jim Duggan and Deputy Police Chief David Chartrand to simmer down. In fact, look for it to intensify. Last week, the state’s Civil Service Commission rejected the 10-day suspension Duggan imposed on Chartrand, over the latter’s handling of documents in Police Lt. Michael Fleury’s personnel file. Chartrand had been suspended without pay. The commission ruled 3-2 in favor of Chartrand. Andrew Gambaccini, Chartrand’s lawyer, said he and his client are pleased with the ruling. Gambaccini said the commission did not allow his team’s recent motion to reopen the record to uncover “additional evidence” that he

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Vigliotti And Gambaccini Again Named Super Lawyers For 2018

The Worcester, Massachusetts law firm of Reardon, Joyce & Akerson, P.C. announces that two of its attorneys, John K. Vigliotti and Andrew J. Gambaccini, have been selected as Super Lawyers for 2018 by Super Lawyers Magazine. Vigliotti receives the award for the fourth time, one for each year he has been eligible. Prior to being named a Super Lawyer, Vigliotti twice was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine. Gambaccini receives the honor for the second time in his second year of eligibility. Previously, Gambaccini was named a Rising Star in eight years by Super Lawyers Magazine. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in Massachusetts are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to

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Andrew Gambaccini Selected To Write Employee-Side Commentary For The Massachusetts Civil Service Commission Reporter

In Massachusetts, a significant number of public employees, including many police officers, are civil service employees and see their employment governed by the Commonwealth’s civil service laws and regulations.  The Massachusetts Civil Service Commission is the agency that processes and decides appeals of various types involving civil service employees, including disciplinary actions, bypass decisions, job classification disputes and other issues related to the civil service laws and regulations. The Massachusetts Civil Service Commission Reporter is an important resource that publishes regularly the official decisions issued by the Civil Service Commission.  In addition to publishing the Commission’s decisions, the Reporter also features exclusive commentary from noted and experienced civil service attorneys.  These expert commentaries analyze the decisions of the Commission and

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April 11, 2018 – Federal Bar Association Panel Discussion

On April 11, 2018, the Civil Rights Section and Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association will present a panel discussion on “Qualified Immunity on the Cutting Edge: Has the Doctrine Run Its Course?” RJA Attorney Andrew Gambaccini will be one of the panelists, speaking on the doctrine of qualified immunity from the defense perspective. Other panelists include Judge Timothy Hillman, United States District Court Judge for the District of Massachusetts, and Professor Karen Blum of Suffolk University Law School. Further details can be found in the flyer for the panel. [download flyer]    

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