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Hancock investigation shows no wrongdoing

October 10, 2002|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

HANCOCK - Town officials said at Wednesday night's meeting that the town was investigated by the town's police chief and the state's attorney's office for wrongdoing, but the investigations turned up nothing.

Councilman Greg Yost said at the meeting he did not know the details of why the town was being investigated, but that it dealt with former Town Manager Lou Close's schedule change from full time to part time and his salary.

Yost said the investigations should have been discussed with the Hancock Town Council before they were completed.

"We need to discuss it and know what's going on first," Yost said.

He said Hancock Police Chief Donald Gossage told him Councilman Darwin Mills asked for the investigations.

Gossage was not at the meeting.

"I don't know what you're talking about," Mills said. "You seem to know more about it than I do."

Yost said that if Mills did call for the investigations, he didn't have a problem with that.

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"You did nothing wrong as far as I'm concerned ..." Yost said. "You have every right to question ..."

Yost said he just wanted to make sure the town was cleared.

Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said he was interviewed by the state's attorney's office, but he did not elaborate on the reason why.

Murphy and Councilman David Smith said a letter from the state's attorney's office stated there was no evidence of wrongdoing.

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