I-Team: Tiverton town worker caught on camera retires

Robert Martin

A worker caught on camera working on his personal property on town time will retire.

A deal has been reached between the town of Tiverton and its former maintenance foreman and union president Robert Martin.

He'll use 80 sick days and receive a big payout as a union employee.

A surveillance video investigation conducted by the NBC 10 I-Team showed Martin working on his personal rental apartments on town time in Tiverton and Fall River.

Martin denied what the I-Team had caught on video.

Martin's assistant, Larry Faulkner, who was seen on the video hauling lumber for his then boss, questioned if what he was doing was wrong. Upset, Faulkner went to then-town administrator Jim Goncalo.

Faulkner was fired, and he's now suing the town for wrongful termination after blowing the whistle on Martin.

As a result of the I-Team reports, Martin was suspended without pay, and Goncalo retired five days later.

The Rhode Island State Police launched an investigation, and no criminal charges were filed.

Earlier this week at a Town Council meeting, some residents called for Martin's immediate firing.

The Town Council announced a decision was made Monday night after a closed-door executive session. However, those details, were made public Friday.

According to the town, Martin will officially retire on April 22, although he's already off the job.

Between now and his retirement date, he'll collect $19,396 for unused sick time and some back pay, and an additional $35,375 for unused vacation and comp time.

Martin will begin receiving his union pension after he retires. He was the local president of Council 94.