Peabody’s city solicitor to step down Sept. 1

PEABODY — City Solicitor Michael Smerczynski, who has held the post since 2012, will return to private practice in September, according to Mayor Edward Bettencourt Jr. It’s unclear why the mayor’s 59-year-old appointee is stepping down at this time. Smerczynski did not return calls seeking comment. The mayor declined a request for an interview.  Sources…

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