Tom McNally, , has been fired, according to his attorney.
"Today the Town of Montville terminated the employment of Thomas McNally as Assistant Superintendent for the Water Pollution Control Authority using the cover of a politically motivated, biased investigation conducted at the Mayor McDaniels’ request," the statement from attorney Jacques Parenteau read.
"Commencing with the suspect placement of Mr. McNally on administrative leave with pay in close proximity to the change in political control following the November 2011 election, it is clear from the totality of the circumstances, based on interview with witnesses with actual knowledge, that the purpose of the Mayor’s investigation was to create cause to remove Mr. McNally because of his affiliation with the Republican party as the Chair of the Town Committee."
Parenteau went on to say that McNally has filed two Freedom of Information requests with the Town of Montville. McNally "intends to vindicate his rights and the harm caused to his reputation by filing actions in state and federal forums to address the violation of his First Amendment right to be free of retaliation for engaging in political activity," Parenteau stated.
"I can confirm that I did send a termination letter but since there is pending litigation, i can't say a thing more," said Mayor Ronald K. McDaniel.
The statement said that McNally will not step down from his positions as Chairman of the Republican Town Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Public Safety Commission, Secretary of the Board of Education, member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, a member of the Conservation Commission, and a member of the Historical Steering Committee.
McNally said he had no further comment beyond the statement released by the attorney.
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