NBC 10 I-Team: Shake-up at East Greenwich Town Hall

FILE PHOTO: Gayle Corrigan (WJAR)

By Sunday, residents of East Greenwich could have a new town manager, solicitor, fire chief, and deputy chief, as the newly elected Town Council shakes-up the status quo.

A special meeting is set for 9 a.m. Saturday at Town Hall to vote to fire the current town manager, Gayle Corrigan, and accept the resignations of acting Fire Chief Kevin Robinson and acting Deputy Chief Peter Henrikson.

According to the Town Council's agenda, a special meeting is also set for Thursday night and a vote is set to fire town solicitor David D'Agostino.

The newly elected Democrat-controlled council campaigned on changing the landscape in town and reversing decisions made by their Republican predecessors. Corrigan was hired in 2017 and quickly sparred with the firefighters union over spending and overtime.

Lawsuits and ethics complaints were filed.

Last month, the state Ethics Commission found probable cause existed for a complaint alleging that Corrigan violated ethics laws by failing to disclose more than $200,000 in income paid to her firm, Management Resource Partners, by the Central Coventry Fire District.

Separate from her role in East Greenwich, Corrigan is the CCFD manager.

Even if the East Greenwich council ousts her Saturday, taxpayers will foot Corrigan’s $160,000 salary for six months and also pay her health benefits, according to the terms of her contract, obtained by the NBC 10 I-Team.

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