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Rutland Town administrator suspended, facing termination hearing

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The municipal offices in Rutland Town. Photo by Alan J. Keays/VTDigger

RUTLAND TOWN — Joe Zingale, the longtime town administrator in Rutland Town, has been suspended with pay pending a termination hearing next week.

Details of what led to the suspension are not known.

Zingale, reached at his home Wednesday afternoon, said Selectboard Chair Josh Terenzini came to the town offices Tuesday and gave him a disciplinary letter that would be going into his personnel file.

The two exchanged words, Zingale said, and Terenzini then told him to go home, take his things, and he was suspended.

Zingale said he received a letter from the town Wednesday stating he was suspended with pay pending a termination hearing Sept. 6 at the town offices.

Zingale wouldn’t say what led to the disciplinary letter. He did say there was discussion in executive session at the board’s last meeting, Aug. 22, leading to the drafting of the disciplinary letter.

Terenzini, the Selectboard chair, said Wednesday afternoon he could not comment on Zingale’s job status.

“There was discussion in executive session,” Terenzini said. “I can’t make any more comments.”

Zingale has worked for the town for more than 30 years and is trying to rally supporters to attend the termination hearing.

“I’m looking for that support,” he said.

Rutland Town is a community of about 4,100 residents. It’s a separate municipality from Rutland City, which it surrounds.

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