Thursday, December 14, 2017 22:52

BOS – Poor Performance

What the heck is going on with the Clinton BOS? First they put an article on the Town Meeting warrant to make the Town Administrator (TA) a strong TA with the ability to hire, appoint and fire department heads (with an option for the BOS to reject within 15 days). So as explained at Town Meeting (TM) the department heads would have the ability to hire and fire with approval from the TA.

The BOS in an inexplicably bizarre move has voted 4-1 to relinquish the TA’s and it’s own duties and responsibilities and pay a HIRED, private consulting firm to recommend who to promote to Sargeant — Doing this instead of our elected town officials, the TA or the department head recommending the next Clinton Police Department’s sergeant is an abdication of their duties.  Come on — Paying to figure out which person to promote from within…

Selectman William Connolly, Jr, the only selectman to dissent seems to be the only one with common sense and the courage to not cave into letting this private firm select from a pool of internal candidates. He objected to the process and would prefer local officials do the hiring which is the correct mode of operation for town government.

Maybe we should just repeal the warrant article before it’s approved by the legislature. And yes, the selectmen do still have the power to allow the process to proceed the way it was outlined at TM without approval. They can assign this to the TA and ultimately to the appointing department head.  First meeting of the “new” board and the first botched policy decision, it’s going to be a long year with no leadership and business (or lack of business) as usual

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7 Responses to “BOS – Poor Performance”

  1. Tom C says:

    I have to agree Joe. That is the very first thing I thought. Good use of town funds to pay for a job officials in a current capicity that we already have established funds for and have the proven capibility to complete the task at hand….nah lets outsource it….the economy is strong enough right?

  2. Mariah says:

    I don’t understand this one at all. The BOS pushed for this for 2 years. Finally got the language correct enough for the town so say yes, and then did this? Something stinks.

    From Joe: I have an idea why, but it’s lame and an abdication of the duties and responsibilities vested in our elected officials. I don’t care how hard the decision is, it NEEDS to be made by the ELECTED BODY or their APPOINTED REPRESENTATIVES, otherwise this is a completely politically motivated way to wuss out of a hard decision.

  3. Mariah says:

    I don’t think it matters what they are doing it for…It is very lame and totally “wussified” . We need Step Up BOS people, not the type to run from a decision THEY begged the town and asked them to make…

  4. more brains says:

    This what u get when clintonians vote 4 bar buudies, walrus wannabes and closet queens instead of people with brains

    Glad I moved to a more sane part of the country when I did

    Good luck Clinton u r gonna need it

  5. Mariah says:

    So – Any word on who the “panel” picked?

    From Joe: You know how these things go, it’ll be a while due to the inefficiency of government. I bet they’ll choose the same damn person that the selectmen would have if they actually did the job they were elected to do!

    I have a name in mind and would bet money it’s the same one picked after the $2000 payout to the consultants.

  6. Mariah says:

    Were there really only 2 names? If that’s true, then spending the $2k was a waste…

  7. Mariah says:

    There were only 3 names on the list. And we had to hire a consulting firm to pick one? Even the police chief didn’t want to get involved…That can’t be good.

    And I love the comment in the T&G that the sargents exam was “difficult” Duh- I would hope so!

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