Southington council appoints Mark Sciota next town manager

Southington council appoints Mark Sciota next town manager


Deputy Town Manager Mark Sciota

SOUTHINGTON — The Town Council appointed Mark Sciota, town attorney and deputy town manager, to replace retiring Town Manager Garry Brumback in a narrow vote during a heated meeting Monday.

The vote split parties with four Republicans and a Democrat voting in favor of Sciota’s appointment and two Republicans and two Democrats voting against.

Supporters of Sciota’s appointment said he was smart, honest, committed to Southington and had been preparing for the top job during the previous 12 years as town attorney. Councilors opposed to the move said the town’s next leader should have been selected after an open search process.

After the 2011 retirement of John Weichsel, Southington’s longtime town manager, the town conducted a nationwide search and selected Brumback. He’s retiring early next year.

Town Council Chairman Michael Riccio, a Republican, and Republicans Tom Lombardi, Victoria Triano and Paul Champagne supported Sciota’s appointment along with Democrat Dawn Miceli.

Republicans Ed Pocock III and Cheryl Lounsbury and Democrats Chris Palmieri and John Barry voted against his appointment.

Councilors discussed Sciota’s appointment in executive session for about 20 minutes at the beginning of the meeting.

Lounsbury said there’s been no details provided on Sciota’s contract, including salary and term length, or who will replace Sciota as town attorney and deputy town manager.

“This council has never talked as a group, prior to tonight’s executive session, about the next town manager,” she said. “None of this has been thought out.”

Triano praised Sciota’s work over recent years and said he was the right person for the job of leading his home town.

“This is not a popularity contest,” she said. “We have someone locally who’s life has been his resume.”

During Monday’s meeting, Miceli asked Brumback to talk about what he thought of Sciota’s appointment. Brumback said it’d be “inappropriate” to talk about town manager selection process, but praised Sciota’s leadership and character. The two were finalists for the town manager’s job in 2011.

“Mark Sciota is the deputy town manager that town managers dream of,” Brumback said. “He has been involved in every decision of substance that I’ve made or implemented over these years.”

“I can’t think of anyone more qualified to replace me,” he said. 203-317-2230 Twitter: @JBuchananRJ

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