Hearing continues to potentially remove Woonsocket mayor

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — The hearing to remove Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt will continue Wednesday night.

The hearing got underway Tuesday after two previous dates were postponed.

The hearing comes after councilor Denise Sierra filed a formal complaint against the mayor Sept. 6 contending she is not performing her duties.

During the hearing, Sierra outlined nine charges she filed against the mayor, including not executing a contract with police and paying a part-time employee health benefits.

Sierra testified for nearly three hours and during that time attorney for Baldelli-Hunt highlighted several mistakes in the formal complaint with dates that Sierra acknowledged.

Following her testimony, the mayor’s attorneys asked for the hearing to be continued to next week saying they seven to eight hours of testimony remaining.

The council ultimately decided for the hearing to continue into the late hours Tuesday as they said they want this matter to come to a conclusion as soon as possible.

No decision on the mayor’s fate was made Tuesday night.

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