Rockland: Administrator confronts OUI offense & unions skeptical about health coverage change

After ten days, Town Administrator Allan Chiocca formerly addressed the community and Rockland Selectmen about admitting guilty to an OUI charge from earlier in the month. The 57 year old former state representative apologized, stating he was at fault and will never drink and drive again, “I was driving and I should not have been.”

Selectman Edward Kimball responded to Administrator Chiocca’s public apology and explained that town officials are held at a higher standard than the rest of the community and those standards need to be upheld.

As part of the Rockland Administrator’s sentence, Chiocca will lose his license for 45 days and take alcohol abuse classes.

In other business–the town of Rockland may have municipal health care in the future. Selectmen voted a their Monday night meeting to begin bargaining with all unions in order to come to an agreement in accordance with Mayflower Health Group. However municipal health care in Rockland is not guaranteed. The proposal has caused resistance by union workers who fear their health care costs will rise while their coverage shrinks.

Administrator Chiocca explained that the goal of a municipal plan is to lessen the burden for those with minimal medical needs, “Many of the employees in the current situation are actually subsidizing the heavy users.”

According to Chiocca, Rockland could see savings upwards of $800,000.

About Trisha McNeilly

With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.