- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - The Board of Aldermen in Rutland has voted to launch an investigation into whether Mayor Christopher Louras broke any laws when he proposed that the Vermont city become a refugee resettlement site.

The board, confirming a vote taken last week by the Committee of the Whole, voted to have City Attorney Charles Romeo review Louras’ actions to find whether he was in compliance with state law, The Rutland Herald (https://bit.ly/2aNtteB ) reported.

The board also voted to have the Public Safety Committee hold a hearing. Alderman David Allaire said he wants the board to meet with Police Chief Brian Kilcullen to see whether he had any public safety concerns.

“I think also the vetting process - that might be part of the discussion,” Allaire said.

Louras has said he welcomes the inquiry because he has nothing to hide.

The mayor announced in April that he had sought out refugee program officials to convince them to choose Rutland as a resettlement site. The decision to bring 100 Syrian and Iraqi refugees to the city has since come under scrutiny from the board, which voted in July to send a letter to the U.S. State Department saying it couldn’t support the proposal because of a lack of information.

Louras has stood by his decision and told The Burlington Free Press that some community members’ concerns are rooted in fear and not facts.

The decision on whether the city will become a resettlement site is still pending with the federal government.


This story has been corrected to show that the board voted to send a letter to the U.S. State Department in July, not August.


Information from: Rutland Herald, https://www.rutlandherald.com/

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