Mr Pocock, then chairman of the Town Council, requested two things, the entire Town Council take part in the selection process and a transparent process.
As far as the Democrats on the Town Council, including John Barry, Dawn Miceli, Chris Palmieri and I, there was no arguing those two points. To this day, I thank Ed Pocock III for those two requirements. We were also given the opportunity to vote for anyone that we felt would be the correct choice for Southington. All four Democrats then voted for Mark Sciota.
What happened seven years later? What we are hearing today are FOI complaints, closed-door meetings, changing meeting dates and questionable phone calls. Who is being hurt by this process? First and foremost, Mark Sciota.
He is being chosen without any interviews and without him being able to tout his accomplishments and future aspirations for the town that he loves!
The residents of Southington are also being hurt because they are not being told about the future of our town by anyone. The entire Town Council did not even discuss any possible reorganization plans for the administration.
I realize John Barry, Chris Palmieri, Cheryl Lounsbury and Ed Pocock III are in the minority with this issue, but I want to thank them for looking out for the Town of Southington and also trying to give Mark Sciota his due.
Hopefully, the entire Town Council could get behind this concept. It is NOT about choosing or not choosing Mark, it is about an open and thorough process in the selection of the CEO of Southington. Thank you.