Thank you for the opportunity to respond to your story and editorial (Jewish Journal, July 1, “Marblehead and antisemitism”) regarding the ongoing investigation into the alleged anti-Semitic incident involving a former member of the Marblehead police department.
The people of the North Shore are lucky to have the Jewish Journal continuing to be aggressive and watchful on this and other racist and anti-Semitic incidents in our area.
Having had the opportunity of serving in federal, state, and local government entities early in my career, I learned the single most important thing concerning any investigation into those and other bureaucracies was the retention of qualified outside independent eyes unfettered by any pressure from the entity being investigated.
For that reason, I was surprised that the absolutely correct decision of both the chair of the Marblehead Board of Selectman (Jackie Belf-Becker) as well as the Marblehead town administrator (Jason Silva) to remain completely independent from the ongoing investigative consultant’s efforts to produce an unbiased document, one which will hopefully contain potential recommendations on how the town ought to move forward, was twisted by some to make it appear both were somehow either indifferent or uninterested in the ongoing effort to investigate the initial incident and its aftermath.
Let me say that I have been privileged to have known and worked with both of these individuals both professionally and personally for over a decade. Marblehead could not have two more committed, honest, and sensitive people working to make sure that everyone who reads the final report knows that it was written without pressure or bias from them or anyone else.
With respect to those who may be frustrated that an investigation like this takes time and patience, in the end I believe the Marblehead citizens deserve nothing less.
Michael Goldman, Marblehead