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Rutland Board Of Aldermen Will Wait To Release Results Of Investigation Of Mayor

The Rutland Board of Aldermen decided in a special meeting last night to wait to publicly release the results of an investigation into whether Mayor Christopher Louras overstepped his authority when he sought to make Rutland an option for refugee resettlement.

Louras urged the board to release the results of the investigation and called the special meeting in the hopes they would release it, according to VPR's Nina Keck, who spoke on Morning Edition about the city attorney’s report and the continuing debate over the possible resettlement of 100 Syrian refugees in Rutland.

The report cannot be released to the public or non-board members until the board votes to release it, which means Louras has not seen what's in the report.

In early August, the board asked City Attorney Charles Romeo to conduct a formal investigation of Louras’ actions.

On Sunday, Romeo released his finding to the board, and according to an article on, the mayor was cleared of any wrong-doings.

However, the results of the investigation are still not available publicly, though the board will take up the issue again at their meeting on Monday, Sept. 19.

A graduate of NYU with a Master's Degree in journalism, Mitch has more than 20 years experience in radio news. He got his start as news director at NYU's college station, and moved on to a news director (and part-time DJ position) for commercial radio station WMVY on Martha's Vineyard. But public radio was where Mitch wanted to be and he eventually moved on to Boston where he worked for six years in a number of different capacities at member station a Senior Producer, Editor, and fill-in co-host of the nationally distributed Here and Now. Mitch has been a guest host of the national NPR sports program "Only A Game". He's also worked as an editor and producer for international news coverage with Monitor Radio in Boston.
Liam is Vermont Public’s public safety reporter, focusing on law enforcement, courts and the prison system.
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