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Redding implements hiring freeze to cover unanticipated legal expenses

The town of Redding is facing higher legal bills than budget for.  The Board of Finance discussed the situation Wednesday.  Appeals for recent appraisals, along with attorney bills for an investigation into the Police Chief exceeded the $200,000 legal budget.  The Newstimes reports that the investigation has cost $150,000.  Chief Douglas Fuchs has been on administrative leave since last fall when the town was sued over the department's handling of a suicide case.  In order to make up the $116,000 difference, Redding will implement a hiring freeze through the end of the fiscal year.  Roadwork that isn't bonded, highway department overtime and purchases will not go through until after June 30.