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Police seek to remove convicted felon from pension board

February 28, 2019

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.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com