NAHANT — In the Town Hall of this quiet beachside community, employees sorted through ballot petitions for the upcoming elections, handled water and sewer bills, and sold beach tickets to the public.
There was no sign of a police raid. No indication that just a few days ago officers seized computers, paperwork, and lists of the town’s vendors from the building off Pleasant Street. Nothing beyond the fact that, since Friday, the office of the town administrator has been locked.
“I would say it’s business as normal,” Town Clerk Margaret R. Barile said Tuesday, before turning to ask a co-worker, “Wouldn’t you?”
Around Nahant, residents voiced concern and frustration about an investigation of spending by Town Administrator Andrew Bisignani, but many were not surprised. Several described Bisignani as invisible and unavailable to the community, in stark contrast to his predecessor. Bisignani took over the post in 2012 after retiring from the same position in Saugus amid concerns about his spending of town funds.
Prosecutors in Essex County are looking into whether Bisignani improperly funneled public contracts to favored contractors. He quickly resigned, effective July 1.
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