EXCLUSIVE: Dispatchers decry conditions

"I can't talk any more about an internal matter like that," he said. "We are aware of their concerns, there's been a meeting held with the telecommunicators [dispatchers], and we are doing everything necessary and appropriate for our employees."

Messina said he was not at the aforementioned meeting.

Some in town employment don't want to work with Kerr again, especially in close quarters.

"He's going to come back and he's going to be angry," said one employee. "He's going to have a chip on his shoulder."

"In his mind, he's won," said another. "When he comes back, what is he going to do?"

The issue was thrust into the public eye on Monday, May 30, when embattled police officer Christopher Hughes placed signs along the route of the Memorial Day Parade alleging violence in the dispatcher's office. Days later, he protested on the lawn of Town Hall with more signs.

Town police and code enforcement officers took the signs down. Town Attorney James Potter said the town's zoning code prohibits signs from being placed on town property, with limited exceptions.

"He has a right to carry a sign in protest ... but he does not have a right to place signs on town property," Potter said.

Hughes said he acted on behalf of dispatchers.

"This isn't about me," he said. "This is about those poor dispatchers and what they have to put up with."

Hughes has been the subject of controversy in Bethlehem after blowing the whistle on a racial slur used by Corsi, being placed on disability leave from the force and then filing a lawsuit against the town and police department for full reinstatement, a clean disciplinary record and compensation for damages.""

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