• Ex-city official cleared by judge
    June 07,2014

    Ex-city official

    cleared by judge

    BURLINGTON — A judge has cleared Burlington’s former chief administrative officer of wrongdoing in connection with the city’s dealings with a troubled telecommunications utility.

    A lawsuit filed against Jonathan Leopold stemmed from his transfer of nearly $17 million from the city’s general fund to Burlington Telecom, provider of phone, Internet and cable television in 2008 and 2009. The suit said the transfer violated state and city regulations.

    The Burlington Free Press reported that Judge Helen Toor ruled Tuesday Leopold believed he acted in the city’s best interest, although she said he kept secret for too long the telecom’s troubled finances and the transfer. She added that his actions had no bearing on how the city handled the telecom’s finances.

    Leopold, who resigned in 2011, said he was pleased by the decision.

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