Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor


A rocky year for Berlin

To the editor:

It has been one year since the Town Council Republicans secretly and suddenly forced out our town manager, Denise McNair. One year since McNair was unceremoniously driven from office on a party-line vote. One year since council Republicans fired our town manager, and then stated that she resigned, and then stated she was fired because they wanted to bring Berlin to the “next level,” and then stated that firing her was one of their signature accomplishments.

So what has happened over the past year? The Republican-majority council has not been able to find this “next level” as they have been completely unable to find a new town manager, with one unsuccessful search following another.

The Republican council has also violated the Town Charter by appointing an “Interim Manager” for the past year, despite the fact that Section 5-1 of the charter expressly limits the use of an interim town manager for “not more than one hundred eighty days.”

Additionally, the appointment of a town manager who does not “reside in the town during the tenure of his office” is a violation of Section 5-1 of the Town Charter. Interesting that the Republicans on the council, who were such adamant proponents of charter change, are unable or unwilling to follow the clear language of the Town Charter.

This is what happens when politics and personal animosity get in the way of what is best for Berlin.

Driving away executive talent. Making our community unattractive to new leadership. Blatant violations of the Town Charter. Why is it so hard for our Republican council members to follow our Town Charter, and put the interests of Berlin before their own?

As for our former town manager? She has been hired by another Connecticut community. Maybe Berlin should have kept her and fired the council.

Gary Brochu



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