Danville selectman resigns from board after controversial tenure
The complaint accuses the 36-year-old Harding of bringing "nonpublic material, personnel and private information into a public forum." The complaint doesn't offer details about the information that Harding allegedly made public.
In their complaint, selectmen refer to a state law that gives the court the power to dismiss a town official. Because he was elected, the town couldn't force him to resign.
Selectmen asked Harding to resign last fall after he was arrested on simple assault charges, but he refused at the time.
Selectmen have not said whether the assault case is related to the petition seeking Harding's removal.In court papers filed by his attorney, Robert Casassa of Casassa and Ryan in Hampton, Harding argues that he is "not aware of any lawfully noticed public meeting at which the filing of the instant complaint was authorized by a majority of the board of selectmen."Harding has also objected to selectmen's request to have the court hold a "closed-door session" with a judge due to the "nature of the information."
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