Statement by Mayor Frank C. Guinta regarding the arrest of the former Manchester VISTA coordinator

Statement by Mayor Frank C. Guinta regarding the arrest of the former Manchester VISTA coordinator

MANCHESTER ( October 10, 2007 ) – “Early last week, I was made aware of serious allegations made against Dennis Hebert, the then VISTA coordinator and grants manager for the City of Manchester. Pursuant to the recommendations of the City Solicitor, I am referring all questions dealing with the investigation to Deputy Chief Glenn Leidemer of the Manchester Police Department. However, I will say that the allegations are troubling and appear to be a gross violation of the trust of the people of Manchester.”

“Since learning of these allegations, I have remained in constant contact with the Manchester Police Department, the Office of the City Solicitor and the Office of Human Resources. A full and comprehensive review of Mr. Hebert’s activities is being undertaken at this time and I will expect that this report will be made available to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen at a future date. Based upon the information that has been provided me to date and in consultation with the Solicitor, Mr. Hebert’s employment with the city has been terminated effective immediately.”

“I want to stress that these events do not take away from the fine work of the AmeriCorps*VISTA program or its importance to the people of Manchester. Its presence in this city is important and must continue, which is why I have asked Mr. Timothy Soucy, the Director of Public Health, to temporarily take over the coordination of the program until a suitable replacement can be found. Mr. Soucy has not only my trust but the trust of the people of this city. He will restore confidence in the program immediately.”