Hillsborough Town Administrator Under Fire
The Hillsborough Selectmen are apparently embroiled in two grievance complaints against Town Administrator John Stetser. At the February 7th meeting, Code Enforcer Kelly Dearborn-Luce asked for a non-public session relating to her complaint regarding Stetser. Iris Campbell then asked if it had anything to do with the grievance filed by several other female employees and was told it involved only the Dearborn-Luce grievance.
When the Board returned to public session, chair Russ Galpin said the minutes were not sealed and there was a discussion whether or not the Selectmen are following up on the grievance. He admitted they have not done their duty properly in that they were supposed to have given a written report within seven days and they have not done that.
Campbell then inquired where the board was in relation to the grievance submitted on how Stetser handled the situation and his response to the meeting with him. Venezia said they met with Stetser and talked about the training he is going to undertake to help remmediate the issue, but still need to formally write something. Campbell then requested another non-public session. Stetser said that if it involves him, he would like to have it in public session. Campbell then gave the Board a letter which read as follows: "We respectfully request the Town of Hillsborough Board of Selectmen arrange for a confidential, independent evaluation of Town Administrator John H. Stetser's job performance including his interaction with employees and elected officials." She said she is aware of many incidents concerning Mr. Stetser that were reported to a member of the Board and never investigated.
The group of employees expressed their dissatisfaction with the Board's actions regarding their decision to do nothing. Mr. Venezia, who was not on the Board when the initial reporting took place, said the accusers and the accusee deserved immediate action and it was just swept under the rug.
He said there has been a big cloud hanging over everyone and the effected group agreed. It was decided that Galpin would call the Town Attorney the next day to get advice about the appropriate course of action to take.
Hillsborough Town Administrator John Stetser