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Former Town Manager Michael Coughlin has asked the state inspector general to investigate the town’s towing contract. Coughlin was fired in March 2012after seven months on the job, and is suing to be reinstated, claiming he was let go because he was a “whistleblower.” Coughlin asked the inspector general to look at the town’s arrangement with Express Towing of Braintree, to determine why other towing companies were excluded from working for the town, and to see if a “request for qualifications” for future towing was “hot wired” to one company. “That’s 100 percent not true,” acting Police Chief William Quigley said of the allegation of favoritism. He said the town previously had no rules for companies that towed vehicles for the Police Department, and he worked with the town counsel and acting town manager to set “clear expectations and standards in an effort to get better service to the town.” As for the Inspector General investigating: “I welcome that,” Quigley said.

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