Judge Rules Highway Super Was Justified Hiring His Brother

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A judge has found Clare Highway Superintendent Paul Colton did nothing wrong when he hired his brother to fill a vacancy in the two-man highway department.
 
Colton hired his brother, Patrick, as a motor equipment operator last April.

When the town board found out, they cut the job's salary in half, paying Patrick Colton the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

In a two-page decision, Judge David Demarest found the highway superintendent's decision to hire his brother "was a valid hiring and not in contradiction to the ethics law of the Town of Clare."

At the time, the highway superintendent said he did nothing wrong and "petty politics" was at the root of the town board's accusations.

The town board also went to state Supreme Court in an attempt to prevent the hiring, claiming it violated the town's ethics policy.

Thursday, December 18, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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