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Friday, April 20, 2012

The Verdict

Town Administrator DiLibero resigns
By Will Collette

In the climax of one of the most disgusting, twisted campaigns of misinformation Charlestown has seen in many years, embattled Town Administrator William DiLibero tendered his resignation which will become effective on June 18.

This action was conducted in closed 90 minute Executive Session meeting of the Council on Thursday, April 9.

DiLibero learns that, in Charlestown, no good
deed or good service goes unpunished
The Council majority, which is controlled by the Charlestown Citizens Alliance (CCA), would have almost certainly have fired DiLibero had he not resigned.

The CCA and its two Council members, Council Boss Tom Gentz and Deputy Dan Slattery have mounted a vicious “Kill Bill Campaign” against DiLibero for the past several weeks.

Once Councilor Lisa DiBello was cleared to vote on DiLibero's fate, the CCA had the three votes it needed to fire DiLibero. DiBello's ability to participate came due to a bizarre ruling by the RI Ethics Commission that it did not present a conflict of interest for DiBello to vote to fire the guy who fired her - and who is also one of the lead defendants in DiBello's lawsuit against Charlestown. 

Four of the five Councilors returned to the Town Council chambers for a brief public session consisting of Boss Gentz announcing DiLibero’s resignation and that he will be give four months’ pay as severance. Councilor Gregg Avedisian was angered and disgusted by the attacks on DiLibero and chose not to participate in the final part of the spectacle.

No announcement was made of an interim Acting Town Administrator.

The Town Council’s next “regular” meeting – actually the second for April and aimed at covering left-over items from their April 9 meeting – will be held next Monday, April 23. The major topics for that meeting includes agenda item 8.h. which is listed as a discussion and possible action to name a new acting Town Administrator.

That item now takes on added significance.

Nearly all of the rest of the April 23rd meeting deals with the series of resolutions Deputy Dan Slattery first floated more than a month ago as part of the “Kill Bill” campaign.

At the end of the April 19 meeting, only Councilor Slattery stayed around – Councilors DiBello and Frank left quickly and Boss Gentz went into a private meeting with Town Treasurer Pat Anderson. Councilor Avedisian had already left.

Deputy Dan actually did a little victory dance and celebration with the small coterie of CCA people – including such notables as Cliff Vanover, Ruth Platner, JoAnn Stolle, Ron and Maureen Areglado - who had come expecting an execution.

They got what they wanted and now they will be stuck with the consequences.

Stay tuned to see who gets picked as the next CCA target.


  1. What goes around comes around and one reaps what one sows. I hope everyone is very proud of themselves and they way they have acted.

    If a town employee is picked to be the acting TA, I hope he/she is real careful. This is a whole new ballgame.

    Good Luck Bill. Take some time off, relax a bit with your family. Re-group. I think you will end up realizing you are actually better off now.

    1. I used to wonder whether I should have stuck it out longer at CTown......nahh, what was I thinking???

      Hope all is well Jodi

  2. It is patently absurd and an egregious violation of human decency for ANYONE to celebrate such as Deputy Dan and his CCA cronies did. It only shows how immature they all are. Which of the CCA cronies will appointed to serve as intermin TA? You know that is what is going to happen. Charlestown, owned and operated by the corrupt CCA.

  3. Lala's revenge
    This should go to the Ethics Commissiom, AG's Office and the Dept of Justice.

  4. I think its time the Town Hall employees went on strike in protest .. How does any employee in this town work.. How stressful.. I can see the lawsuits coming at the town left and right already... I'm embarrassed of my hometown ..

    1. I am really tired of every Town Administrator losing his job... Is it possible that Dan Slattery could get this job... Lisa Debello SHOULd NEVER have been able to cast a vote and to bad for all the innocent people in town that cast the vote for Lisa to join the council because they liked her and trusted her and most probably wanted her back in her old job.. I only imagine they thought she would do some good instead she sided right with the CCA. they were all mislead...Is there a way Will to protest the council,the planning board and get rid of these horrible people.. I for one would like my town back..

  5. Anonymous postings come from "gutless" individuals who do not have the courage of their own convictions and should be ignored. While I believe that the CCA was behind DiLibero's ouster because of his involement in the wind turbine scandal at Ninigret Park, there is further sufficient evidence to support his termination. Space and time prohibit further discussions here but it is a well known fact that I have been calling for his ouster since the day he was appointed because he misrepresented his involvement as a defendant in a major lawsuit in Hopkinton. The public record speaks for itself and in my opinion Gentz and Slattery finally made a decision that benefits the town. Good ridance.
    Jim Mageau

    1. I don't see how it "benefits" the town to be hiring a new TA every two years. Job recruitment costs are estimated at around 6 months' worth of salary, meaning we're paying 2 1/2 years' worth of salary for every 2 years of actual service.

    2. Mr. Mageau, it is because of vindictive, mean, arrogant people like you and what you have shown yourself to be that peeople will post anonymously. You, sir, are an eggregious violation of human decency which you show in your post calling down the former TA. Your mention of a "scandal" is patently absurd and you should be careful about talking about scandals, there are some in your closet.

  6. Frank Glista

    Congratulations Jim, your monster is alive and well and taking over the monster takes a bride.

  7. Good Luck Bill. Thank you for putting up with the "BS" the last few months. The deck was stacked against you the moment this council was "elected". Focus on the good, positive things you did for our town as you work to get the proverbial knife out of your back.

    1. Let's take knife and reinsert it.............

  8. Will, please enlighten me. I understand Deputy Dan can't become town administrator while on the Town Council. Could he hold that position as the "Interim" manager? If so, could he just keep that position till election time?

    Could he resign now, effective in the near future, nominate and vote for his successor and then be appointed the actual TA before the next election?


  9. To Davespop - the state Ethics Law prohibits revolving door employment for one year. A Charlestown Council member can't take a job with Charlestown for one year after leaving office.

    I don't know if Deputy Dan could take the position as a volunteer and then hope the CCA retains control of the Council in November and then hires him when his one year is up.

    Lisa DiBello is under similar constraints. While her lawyer, as an alternative to her $1.5 million settlement offer, has asked Charlestown to give her $500,000 in cash, plus legal costs and expenses AND to reinstate her, it's an offer she probably can't accept.

    1. Or Deputy Dan could resign right away so the one-year clock starts ticking... hint, hint...


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