Debate over official’s residency continues

Ron Gleason has notified the Kingston town clerk that he’ll resign on April 15 from his seats on the Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, and Building Committee. That announcement wasn’t enough to satisfy some who say Gleason hasn’t lived in Kingston since September and shouldn’t be participating in decisions being made by local boards. Following complaints that Gleason was no longer a resident, the Kingston Board of Registrars struck Gleason’s name from the local voting list in late October, which also barred him from holding municipal office. Gleason appealed the Board of Registrars ruling in Plymouth County Superior Court, saying he still lived primarily in Kingston, bunking with a relative. He was granted a temporary injunction in November, which has allowed him to continue on local boards until the appeal is decided. An evidentiary hearing to see whether the injunction should remain in place is scheduled for Jan. 15. Selectwoman Susan Munford, who had filed a complaint with the Board of Registrars over Gleason’s lack of local residency, said she’ll be ready to present the court with all the evidence she had previously submitted to the Board of Voter Registrars. She hopes it’s enough to persuade the court to lift the injunction, bouncing Gleason from public office. “We have two very important decisions coming up in town, for a new police chief and town administrator,” Munford said. “Ron Gleason is no longer a resident and his interests are not with the town.”