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From Our Readers: Scalettar Thwarts Appointment Process

From Our Readers: Scalettar Thwarts Appointment Process

Republican members of the Woodbridge Board of Selectmen have sent a loud and clear message to First Selectman Ellen Scalettar: Woodbridge Town Hall is no place for political shenanigans and disrespectful behavior. At issue is the process by which appointments are made to serve on Boards, Commissions, Offices and Agencies of the Town of Woodbridge. Under her leadership, only Democrat endorsed nominees are considered.

In a June 20 email to Scalettar, Selectman Joe Dey offered a more respectful and inclusive process by which all candidates can be discussed and reviewed. On June 23, Scalettar flatly rejected his approach. In response, Selectmen Tony Anastasio, Joe Dey and Maria Kayne did not attend the June 24, 2015 Special Meeting of the Woodbridge Board of Selectmen-Elect. Selectman Dey stated, “We decided not to participate in a flawed process”.

At the June 24 meeting, knowing that there was no quorum to take action on appointments, Scalettar called for an illegal vote to approve appointments. This is a direct violation of Woodbridge’s Town Charter, Chapter C Article IV Board of Selectmen, Section 4-3© that requires: “Four members of the Board of Selectmen shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.” On June 30 Scalettar called for another meeting to approve and ratify all appointments made and actions taken at the June 24 meeting. Again, Dey advised Scalletar that while he and Selectmen Anastasio and Kayne were willing to participate in a lawful meeting to make appointments, where the process was fair and inclusive, Scalettar ignored his call to develop such a process.

Scalettar continues to engage in business as usual without recognizing that Woodbridge voters want change. Her mismanagement of the appointment process is a poor first step.

Bill Fox

Woodbridge Republican Town Committee

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