cleared by judge
BURLINGTON ó A judge has cleared Burlingtonís former chief administrative officer of wrongdoing in connection with the cityís dealings with a troubled telecommunications utility.
A lawsuit filed against Jonathan Leopold stemmed from his transfer of nearly $17 million from the cityís general fund to Burlington Telecom, provider of phone, Internet and cable television in 2008 and 2009. The suit said the transfer violated state and city regulations.
The Burlington Free Press reported that Judge Helen Toor ruled Tuesday Leopold believed he acted in the cityís best interest, although she said he kept secret for too long the telecomís troubled finances and the transfer. She added that his actions had no bearing on how the city handled the telecomís finances.
Leopold, who resigned in 2011, said he was pleased by the decision.MORE IN Vermont News
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