Attack on Dave Scott
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Scott's claim of corruption a sore spot with Dover councilors
By JEREMIAH ROOD
Democrat Staff Writer
*Doug** DeDe City** Councilor*
DOVER � City Councilor David Scott's plans to speak about city
corruption continue to rile fellow councilors who are asking the Ward 3
representative to substantiate his claims.
Their most recent objections to Scott's effort involve a speech he was
slated to give at a Free State Project rally in June about corruption in
Dover city government, one of his long-standing issues. He withdrew from the
June 23 event due to health reasons, but his fellow councilors only learned
this week about the event and Scott's plans to speak.
For months, Scott has alleged Dover city government is corrupt, pointing to
a contract signed by then City Manager Paul Beecher and Chief William
Fenniman. Under the contract, Scott claims, the city agreed to pay the chief
an exorbitant annual pension, among other benefits.
Scott took his concerns to the FBI, but the bureau decided not to pursue the
matter. The councilor has also made similar allegations through a variety of
media outlets including print and radio.
The situation came to a head this past spring during a council meeting when
Scott was pressed about the corruption, but declined to offer specifics.
Councilors, Mayor Scott Myers and city staff have been critical of Scott's
actions and have asked him to stop.
*David Scott Ward 3 councilor*
On Friday, through an e-mail copied to Foster's, City Councilor Doug DeDe
wrote, "And another thing, I spotted a Free Stater bulletin on the web and
see that you are slated to speak on 'rooting out public corruption.'"
"It is hard to understand why you would speak on the subject," DeDe
continued, "since you have not found any corruption, although you have
alleged that the city of Dover is corrupt not only in local newspapers, but
also in an article you submitted to the Harvard Alumni newsletter."
"After you were asked at a public meeting what, if any, corruption you would
like to disclose, you had no response," DeDe wrote.
"However, you did provide a response in a letter to the editor in which you
again referred to Chief Fenniman's contract signed by then City Manager Paul
Beecher. I have stated publicly that action was, in my opinion, unethical
but unfortunately it was legal.
"I believe you also owe an apology to the entire community of Dover, because
though you have shouted accusations mightily, you have shown nothing to the
City Manager or your fellow councilor anything to substantiate the
corruption you have alleged."
Scott's article appeared in the 55th Anniversary Report for the Harvard
class of 1951.
The article describes the "corruption" he has allegedly found in the city.
"Senior citizens living on fixed incomes are unable to keep up with the tax
increases and run the risk of being pushed out of their homes by outrageous
taxes," Scott wrote. "This situation calls for Superman, Batman and the Lone
Ranger to join forces and combat the spreading forces of evil and municipal
Scott dealt with the "stonewalling" by filing a lawsuit under the state's
Right-to-Know law, seeking the names and salaries of city employees.
Scott eventually won his lawsuit and a subsequent seat on the council.
Since then, the councilor has requested voluminous material from the city
about a host of issues, apparently in his drive to prove what he terms
Scott declined to comment on the Harvard article Friday, calling it personal
correspondence and his First Amendment right.
The article also drew a strong reaction from city manager.
"Once again, I am concerned that you insinuate serious allegations of
corruption against city of Dover officials which continue to be based on
either incorrect information or false assumptions," Joyal wrote in a memo to
"Further, I am very dismayed that this type of negative and unsubstantiated
information is being disseminated by a duly elected city official to an
audience, in most instances, of successful and influential business
executives whose enterprises may now or someday in the future be considering
expansion or relocation to Dover, the region or elsewhere in the State of
*Although he was set to speak at a Free State rally, Scott claims he is not
a member of the Free State project, which aims to recruit 20,000 or more
liberty-oriented people to move to New Hampshire, where they may work within
the political system to reduce the size and scope of government.
Scott said they asked him to speak and he accepted.
Mayor Myers sees some parallels between the councilor's actions and the
project's goals, although he said the issue of whether Scott is a Free
Stater is less significant because local politics are nonpartisan.
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