The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday night formally accepted Town Administrator Edmund St. John IV's resignation and will hire a special town counsel to guide them through next steps.

During the three-hour meeting Tuesday, the board agreed after lengthy discussion not to make any decisions in regard to hiring a new town administrator until it can meet with a outside counsel.
Last week, St. John, who served in the position for two years, resigned immediately on Friday as town administrator.
Chairwoman Michelle Francesconi said she has St. John's laptop and has switched over email accounts so she can access incoming communications. She said she has spent more than 30 hours consolidating and switching over various accounts.
Francesconi said she felt the town should hire a special town counsel who is not connected to the former town administrator. Town Counsel Edmund St. John III is St. John's father.
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