September 11. 2013 1:40PM

Pelham selectmen fire police officer

Union Leader Correspondent

PELHAM – During a non-public session Tuesday evening, selectmen voted to uphold Police Chief Joseph Roark's recommendation to fire police officer Eugene Stahl.The decision by the board comes after a public hearing Aug. 21. Stahl had requested that the meeting be open to the public, although he did not speak during the proceedings.According to Roark, complaints against Stahl’s conduct on the job go back several years and the police chief said he’s “dealt with Officer Stahl on a variety of occasions.”Roark said the rising instances involving Stahl pose major concerns about civil liability, citizen safety and the validity of future charges stemming from Stahl’s policing.Stahl has been on administrative leave for nearly five months.The selectmen's decision to terminate Stahl went into effect immediately on Tuesday, according to a brief press release sent out by Town Manager Tom Gaydos Wednesday.“The town handles its personnel matters in accordance with applicable law,” the release said. “Accordingly, the town is unable to add further comment on matters involving town personnel.”