Easton Tree Warden Off The Job After Disorderly Charge

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EASTON, Conn. – Easton’s tree warden is no longer on the job a week after town police charged him with disorderly conduct.

Richard McLaughlin, 54, of Easton, was issued a summons for disorderly conduct Feb. 21, police said. Officers were called to a disturbance at about 9:03 a.m. at the town highway department office, where McLaughlin was yelling at two town employees in the office, police said.

McLaughlin was upset that a tree was to be taken down and he didn’t feel the removal was necessary, police said. McLaughlin had left the office before officers arrived but returned while they were still there, police said.

First Selectman Thomas Herrman confirmed that McLaughlin has been relieved of his duties as tree warden but said it would be inappropriate to comment further.

McLaughlin is expected to appear Friday in Bridgeport Superior Court.

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Watch out, Easton Town workers! Any misstep and the Tyrant Tom Herrmann will have you arrested and fired!


Read some more about this guy and, maybe, you'll understand why they took the actions they did. Plus, Google and you'll discover that he spit in these people's faces and cursed at them. I don't believe that was called for regardless of how he feels about the tree.

This sounds like a death-penalty case, if I ever heard one. I hope the tree warden is being supported by the dog warden. Both have to deal with barks.

Excellent, Mike. Also, a pertinent and perplexing question: If a man says something in the woods, and there is no woman around to hear what he said, is he still wrong?

He's probably one of those tree hugging environmentalists who cry every time a tree is taken down.

Guess if that tree falls in the woods everybody will hear about it.