- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) - State police have concluded an investigation into allegations of extortion and bribery involving a former Westerly zoning official and determined no criminal charges are warranted.

Interim Town Manager Amy Grzybowski announced Thursday that state police notified the town of the findings, which cleared the town and former employee Elizabeth Burdick of any wrongdoing associated with her resignation and severance package negotiations in January 2013.

The Westerly Sun reports that Burdick worked for the town from 2007 to 2013, and she accused town officials of a variety of wrongdoing, unethical behavior and inappropriate conduct before her departure.

Town Council President Christopher Duhamel called for the state police investigation in February after allegations surfaced that Burdick had threatened to go public with misconduct claims against the former town manager, the Sun reported.

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