Woonsocket City Council removes mayor from office

THE WOONSOCKET CITY Council has removed Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt from office, WPRI-TV CBS 12 reported. She is running unopposed in November and is expected to be sworn in again in December. / COURTESY CITY OF WOONSOCKET

WOONSOCKET – The City Council has removed Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt from office in a split vote early Thursday morning, WPRI-TV CBS 12 reported.

After two days of contentious hearings, the council voted 3-2 in favor of Baldelli-Hunt’s dismissal at 1:30 a.m. Thursday. 

City Council President Daniel Gendron, who recused himself from the vote, citing a conflict of interest, will serve as interim mayor. 

Baldelli-Hunt is running unopposed in the November election and is expected to return to the mayor’s office for her fourth consecutive term in December. 

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“They are bullies; they have been bullies; they will continue to be bullies and not only do they bully here, they bully in their workplace and they bully the employees here,” Baldelli-Hunt told WPRI. 

The hearing was held in response to a complaint City Councilor Denise Sierra filed against Baldelli-Hunt, accusing the mayor of not performing her duties. Sierra has accused the mayor of repeatedly ignoring and refusing to enforce ordinances and measures passed by the council, according to WPRI. 


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