Rockland: Misconduct Investigation Report Released

Deidre Hall, former Rockland Selectman and state representative candidate, is accused of being at the center of multi-lateral sexual misconduct in and around Rockland Town Hall. That’s where a 29-page report of an investigation into the misconduct places her. Allan Chiocca, Rockland Town Administrator, instructed his attorney to release the report late Wednesday.

The report details a tangle of marriages, love affairs and politics. The investigators interviewed 13 people and studied 20 documents, text messages, emails and town hall surveillance video. It finds the following:

Chairman of selectmen Edward Kimball and the board’s vice-chairman, Hall, each married to other people, engaged in an emotional and physical affair for months. He did not attend the selectmen’s meeting of May 1st. Hall conducted the meeting. 

After the meeting, Hall and Chiocca drove to the Rockland Bar & Grill where she drank wine, he drank beer. Hall told Chiocca she felt restricted by her marriage and was upset that her affair with Kimball would end.

With his contract due for review, Chiocca had asked the board for a $30,000 raise. He and Hall returned to town hall and there the narrative splits. Chiocca says Hall demanded sex in exchange for her vote in favor of the contract renewal and raise. Hall says Chiocca told her a particular sexual favor was expected of her. In the days following, he instructed staff to not allow Hall alone with him in his office.

The investigation concludes that Hall violated the town’s sexual harassment policy. She resigned Tuesday night and selectmen elected Larry Ryan as chairman.


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Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor, and has won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.