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Stonington loses another round in DiCesare case

September 28, 2018

Stonington — The town has lost another battle in its costly legal fight against fired highway supervisor Louis DiCesare.

On Monday, New London Superior Court Judge Kimberly Knox rejected the town’s appeal of a arbitrator’s decision that overturned the town’s five-day suspension of DiCesare.

Arbitrator Peter Adomeit had ruled in DiCesare’s favor because the town did not let him have union representation at his suspension hearing.

Adomeit’s decision found that before DiCesare’s hearing with Public Works Director Barbara McKrell, a police officer told DiCesare’s union representative that if she did not leave, she would be arrested.

Adomeit wrote in his decision that the town’s refusal to allow DiCesare union representation was a unilateral denial by the town of his rights. He ordered the town to pay DiCesare five days’ pay totaling about 265,000 in legal fees on the first grievance, while the town’s insurance carried had spent $76,000 on the beginning stages of the lawsuit. The town has spent additional funds since then on the appeal and is expected to expend more as the other two grievances are heard.

The unsuccessful appeal was filed by town Labor Attorney Meredith Diette, who replaced attorney Michael Satti on the case last month. Satti had handled the DiCesare case from the beginning.

Acting First Selectman John Prue said Thursday that the town could not comment on the decision, as it has not yet been debriefed on it by Diette.

j.wojtas@theday.com

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