Embattled Oxford Town Manager Is A Party Pooper


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Oxford’s Town Manager, which NBC 10 Boston has reported was the subject of an emergency meeting last week, has put the kibosh on letting town employees promote a retirement party for former Oxford Fire Chief Sheri Bemis.

Bemis, who was Massachusetts’ first full time female fire chief, retired earlier this year after serving the town of Oxford for over 30 years.

On Twitter, Auburn Fire Chief Stephen Coleman shared a screenshot of an invitation that “the Oxford Town Manager would not allow any town email or social media to be used to distribute the flyer.”

A similar post was also shared on AuburnMassFire’s Facebook page over the weekend.  The Telegram & Gazette reports Paul Ford, interim Oxford Fire Chief told Coleman that Town Manager Brian Palaia did not want town resources used to promote the party, including town emails and social media.

Palaia has been under investigation by NBC 10 Boston for allegations of drinking on the job and using a town vehicle while intoxicated.

The retirement party for Chief Bemis will be held on Saturday, April 21st from 6 to 11PM at the Auburn Elks Club, located at 754 Southbridge Street in Auburn.  Tickets are $25 per person and available at Oxford Fire Headquarters.  Contact Laurie at Oxford Fire-EMS for tickets at (508) 987-6012 or e-mail