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Frustrated By Two Misconduct Stalemates, Bristol Government Gets Chance To Change Rules

Frustrated By Two Misconduct Stalemates, Bristol Government Gets Chance To Change Rules

After two high-profile stalemates over handling misconduct cases, the city this month begins a charter revision that could tighten the rules.

Even if municipal officials endorse tougher regulations, though, nothing can change until voters either approve or reject charter proposals in November.

Local government reached a standoff in 2016 when the council concluded then-Mayor Ken Cockayne had wrongly retaliated against an employee who’d filed a complaint against him. Last fall, it reached a similar stalemate over sexual harassment allegations concerning Cockayne.

Both times, the city council voted to censure the mayor. But members complained the charter gave them no...

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