PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit in Superior Court against Central Falls receiver Robert Flanders Jr. The suit claims Flanders has violated state law by delegating his duties to a hearing officer while implementing a parking ban earlier this year.
The ban on overnight parking was brief, but the ACLU says Flanders should have been at the meeting when it was approved instead of his chief of staff, Gayle Corrigan.
ACLU attorney, Jennifer Azevedo says a receiver cannot delegate its duties to a third party any more than the mayor or city council can have surrogates vote in their place.
"What we're saying is that's a violation of their right to be heard and due process," says Azevedo, "because essentially he's got this conduit working for him instead of doing the job himself."
In a letter to the ACLU back in January, Flanders said he personally executes all orders and has never delegated authority to anyone.
A hearing on the lawsuit is scheduled for March 30th.
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