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Stockbridge deliberating fate of fire chief at center of scam

Stockbridge Fire Department.

STOCKBRIDGE — The town provided an update on the status of matters regarding a scam that targeted the fire department, as well as updates on the status of the fire department itself.

Ernest “Chuckie” Cardillo, select board member, had been placed on paid partial administrative leave as he had been authorizing purchases in relation to the scam.

Cardillo still serves as a first responder and EMT, as well as performing inspections and other duties as needed.

Updates on whether Cardillo will be reinstated as fire chief will have to wait until February. The board will be discussing the personnel matter in executive session on Feb. 5, and will update the public at the following meeting.

“Negotiations are ongoing and we cannot deal with the subject of Mr. Cardillo tonight,” Select Board Chairman Don Chabon said.

Chabon thanked members of the public for their comments regarding Cardillo, many of which called for restraint on behalf of the select board in dealing with the matter.

Peter Socha, who is serving as Assistant Fire Chief, assured the public that despite Cardillo’s absence in leadership, the fire department is still responding adequately to calls.

“We’ve been able to meet all the calls with sufficient numbers,” Socha told the select board and audience.

Unrest has been reported among the fire department’s volunteers, with some threatening resignation should Cardillo be removed from the post, according to a letter issued to the select board by department members. However, the Berkshire Eagle reported that an anonymous note provided to them stated that some of the firefighters listed on the letter had not signed off on their inclusion, and some of the members listed no longer worked for the department.

Joel Williams
Covering Lenox, Sheffield, and Stocbridge. Send me a tip at jwilliamsbr@gmail.com
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