Town Manager’s Latest Deposition Available Now

The latest deposition in the Johnson Golf Management vs. Town of Duxbury et al lawsuit over the award of contracts for the management of the North Hill golf course is now available on Scribd at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/98315128/20120614-MacDonald-Deposition-II.

In it, as anyone can verify by simply reading it for him or herself, Duxbury Town Manager Richard MacDonald more or less says that although he also was (and is) the chief procurement officer of the Town of Duxbury a) he knew almost nothing of the procurement process and b) he did virtually nothing on his own initiative related to the case, but simply did whatever Duxbury’s then Town Counsel (recently fired by the Duxbury Board of Selectmen) Bob Troy told him to do.

Concerned citizens and taxpayers of the Town of Duxbury really ought to read this document – and think about what it says – given that Duxbury routinely procures about $60 million each year in various goods and services and is in the midst of spending another $135 million in capital projects that are going to hike our taxes by 20-25% over the next few years.

Given how totally screwed up the procurements were over North Hill, how can we be confident that all these other millions of dollars worth of procurements were and are being handled properly?

Former Town Counsel, Attorney Robert Troy of Sandwich, MA – who seems to be portrayed as if he were the controlling mastermind of the initial mis-handling and of subsequent cover-ups concerning the North Hill management contract in both Town Manager Richard MacDonald’s and Recreation Director Gordon Cushing’s deposition testimony – has not yet had an opportunity to respond, in sworn testimony, to the allegations implicit in MacDonald’s and Cushing’s depositions. Troy is currently scheduled to be deposed on Thursday, June 28, 2012.

For some reason, a phrase from the Watergate era comes to mind here: “modified limited hangout“. That phrase originated in the following conversation, excerpted from that Wikipedia “limited hangout” page:

PRESIDENT[Nixon]: You think, you think we want to, want to go this route now? And the–let it hang out, so to speak?

DEAN: Well, it’s, it isn’t really that–

HALDEMAN: It’s a limited hang out.

DEAN: It’s a limited hang out.

EHRLICHMAN: It’s a modified limited hang out.

PRESIDENT: Well, it’s only the questions of the thing hanging out publicly or privately.

The following are direct links to transcripts of the depositions of MacDonald and Cushing and to Cushing’s affidavits filed in the case:

A listing of all the documents concerning the case that we have been able to obtain so far, with active links to each document, may be found in the Scribd window in the right sidebar of this page.