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Foster DPW Director fired

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The Director of Public Works in Foster was fired on Thursday night after a unanimous vote by the town council.

Robert Hohler, was terminated immediately although councilors will not reveal why he was let go. The decision was made in an executive session of the town council.

At the same meeting, drug testing for plow drivers was also discussed and several public comments were made.

ABC6 tried to reach out to Hohler but didn't get a response.

Just blocks from his home The Pizza King is a popular stop for locals. Owner George Lenth says people are frustrated a reason for the termination hasn't been released.

"If it has to do with the town it should be open to the town," he said.

"They're not saying why, the council's not saying why, he's not saying why, so it just leaves it to the imagination," said Former Foster Council President Gordon Rogers.

Lenth, who has known Hohler for most of their lives, says he's surprised, and he thinks the council should have consulted the former director, before firing him.

 "Instead of he said she said, let's sit down and talk to each other and come up with the solution before we go on another ghost hunt," said Lenth.

But not everyone agrees.

"I'm not surprised that it happened this way, not surprised at all... Now the sad part is the taxpayers are going to pay for it again, and possible unemployment benefits," said Rogers.

We've been told that the town is still mobilizing ahead of this weekend's storm.

The senior union employee has taken the lead and Foster has plenty of snow–plow volunteers to make sure that roadways are cleared.

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