SOUTHINGTON — Town Councilors appointed a Democratic council candidate as town attorney.
Attorney Carolyn Futtner, who ran unsuccessfully in November, received unanimous approval Monday night, although some Republican councilors complained they did not know who Democrats were nominating for the post until they arrived at the meeting.
Mark Sciota recently resigned from the town attorney position to become interim town manager.
The council also appointed Paul Bedard, a Democrat and Zoning Board of Appeals alternate, as assistant town attorney.
Town Council Chairman Chris Palmieri, a Democrat, said Monday’s appointments aren’t unprecedented.
“Attorneys were customarily appointed by the majority party and they were members of that party,” he said.
The town attorney is appointed for the term of the council, according to Palmieri. Futtner will be paid $150 per hour for her legal services but receive no town benefits and will continue to practice law with Mancini, Provenzano & Futtner, LLC.
Democrats took a majority on the nine-member council in November.
On Monday, Republicans said they would have preferred being consulted about the appointment.
William Dziedzic, a Republican elected in November, said Monday night was his “introduction to politics.”
“I’m a little disappointed,” he said. “I found out at 7:14 p.m. who our next town attorney is going to be.”
Tom Lombardi, a Republican councilor, criticized Democrats who had run in November on a platform promoting greater transparency.
Palmieri called the comments disingenuous.