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Canton abuzz over abrupt exit of conservation agent

The abrupt exit of Canton’s longtime conservation agent has stirred up controversy and allegations of corruption at Town Hall, resulted in anonymous letters circulating around the community, and left many of its 21,500 residents with questions.

At the center of the controversy is Robert J. Murphy, who was ousted from his position in November. The Canton Citizen newspaper reported that Murphy was dismissed after allegations surfaced that he was involved with an engineering firm that had submitted permit applications to the town, a potential violation of the state’s conflict of interest law.

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