Police seek to remove convicted felon from pension board
WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — The president of the West Warwick Police Union says officers want a convicted felon who was appointed to town council to either resign or be removed.
WPRI-TV reports Mayor Ernest Lavigne told the council that Jerry Leite’s no contest plea to embezzling donations for a murdered officer’s charity event makes his conviction “even more alarming.”
Leite was appointed to the council’s pension committee by a 4-1 vote Feb. 5.
Three council members say they didn’t know Leite was a convicted felon, and two others have not responded to requests for comment.
The town charter states no one convicted of a felony is eligible for employment or appointment to any position in town.
Leite says he will not resign, and he will serve with integrity.
Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com