EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (WPRI) — The East Greenwich Town Council has voted to fire Town Manager Gayle Corrigan.
The unanimous vote was taken at a special Town Council meeting Saturday morning. The council also voted to accept the resignations of Acting Fire Chief Kevin Robinson and Deputy Acting Fire Chief Peter Henrikson.
An interim town manager has been appointed and Corrigan is entitled to six months of severance pay.
Corrigan’s firing was expected after the Election Day upheaval on the Town Council. Former Town Council President Sue Cienki and Councilman Andy Deutsch were voted out of office, while Councilors Sean Todd and Nino Granatiero did not run for re-election. All four are Republicans.
Only Democrat Mark Schwager retained his seat; he was joined by four new Democrats and elevated to council president earlier this week.
The previous council appointed Corrigan in June 2017. A judge later ruled the council violated open meetings law when it appointed her to the position, but the council reappointed her in June 2018.
Corrigan had divided East Greenwich residents since her appointment, especially after she fired a prominent firefighter and later attempted to restructure the fire department – a measure which a judge eventually blocked.
As part of the post-election shakeup, the Town Council also voted this past Thursday to terminate Town Solicitor David D’Agostino.