Thursday, February 17, 2011

Praise for Swan Case Investigators

This morning's Kennebec Journal article stating the FBI's Augusta field office could soon be involved in the ongoing investigation of Chelsea Board of Selectmen Chairwoman Carole Swan is a very positive sign that investigators are leaving no stones unturned.

This is a very good thing.

Some may have questioned last week's decision not to bring the case to the grand jury as soon as possible, but the rationale behind it was sound.

As I surmised last week, this is potentially a much larger and more complicated case than the initial charges leading to Swan's arrest indicate.

With questions about possible misappropriation of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster funds surfacing, this case is raised to much more serious level - one that could have far-reaching consequences for Carole Swan, her husband Marshall and his business, Marshall Swan Construction, as well as others directly involved with them.

I am not privy to the details of the Kennebec County Sheriff's Department's ongoing investigation, nor should I or anyone else be at this point. That information will be shared with Chelsea's residents and property owners in due time.

What I do know is that lead investigator Det. David Bucknam, Sheriff Randall Liberty and others in the department are taking a thorough, methodical approach to gathering evidence for use in supporting the current charges, bringing possible additional charges and arriving at a comprehensive resolution in a court of law.

I applaud what I've learned thus far of their efforts through ongoing media coverage.

I also applaud the efforts of reporters at the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel, and those at television news stations and at other media outlets for keeping Chelsea residents updated on the case.

Their efforts, as well as the grassroots efforts of Chelsea, Maine Citizens Concerned for our Town, will help keep Chelsea residents informed of a very complex story - a factor that will go a long way in re-establishing a level of trust, transparency and ethics for our town in the months and years to come.

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