NORTH SMITHFIELD - Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton faced heavy criticism this week over a decision to ask a member of a volunteer committee to resign over something he posted on social media.
sent a letter to the local father and Iron Mine Hill resident two days later requesting his
"It has come to my attention that your posts on Facebook
are not very complimentary to the tax assessor and the town regarding your motor vehicle tax," Hamilton
Reaction to the story was swift, with critics charging that Hamilton
had violated Soly's First Amendment rights.
A few anonymous commenters even called for her
"Seems to me the wrong person is resigning here.
Can Paulette Hamilton
Hamilton defended the action, saying that she was offended by Soly's social media post.
"I asked for his
resignation as I want to have positive sentiments about the town," she
"I just prefer that the image of the town be one of positivity."
said the assessment on Soly's vehicle had been prorated in 2013 because the vehicle was only registered for a partial year, explaining the 2014 increase.
OK with the decision.
is entitled to continue on the board," she
If Paulette Hamilton is so worried about "positivity" within the Town of North Smithfield, perhaps she should do something regarding the EX North Smithfield cop, who became a lawyer at the expense of the taxpayers of the very same town that she manages who was charged with fraudulently obtaining money under false pretenses ($42,458.00) all while collecting a Town pension on the backs of the tax payers of this town.
I would hope that she
, along with all the members of the Town Council
respectfully do their jobs by revoking this person's pension indefinitely.
In summation, if Paulette Hamilton
is so worried about negativity within this Town, she
should look at her
actions which brought not only negativity but disgrace to this Town when she
was first running for Town Administrator.
I won't go into details but does the Slatersville Congregational Church mean anything to anyone or did people somehow forget what she