BERLIN — The Town Council recently appointed Melissa Urrunaga to fill a vacancy on the the Police Commission.
The vote to appoint Urrunaga, a Democrat, was unanimous. Councilor Michael Urrunaga, her husband, abstained. She replaces Democrat Joseph Annunziata, who resigned for personal reasons on Jan. 17 after about 15 years on the commission.
Urrunaga’s term runs until the next municipal election in 2021. She was not available for comment.
Councilor JoAnn Angelico-Stetson said she was happy to nominate Urrunaga for the position, partly to bring diversity to the all-male Police Commission.
“She's very well qualified, she’s a social worker with the Department of Children and Families, she serves with the court as a co-liaison. She's well versed in respect to areas of criminal justice and she's got extensive experience in that field,” Stetson said.
Police Commission Chairperson Paul Eshoo agreed.
“She knows stuff about law so that's good. She can be an asset,” he said.