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Smithfield town manager under investigation

Posted May 4, 2011 8:48 p.m. EDT

— Smithfield Town Manager Eric Williams has been placed on administrative leave amid allegations he handed out unauthorized raises, town officials said Wednesday.

With a tight budget, the council decided last spring to eliminate raises for town employees, but personnel records show four department heads got significant raises with no change in title or responsibility.

The council did not approve the raises.

Williams is on leave with pay during the investigation.