SOUTHINGTON — The newly-elected Town Council chose Republican Victoria Triano as chairwoman and Republican Tom Lombardi as vice chairman Tuesday night.
Republicans took six of the nine council seats during this month’s elections. Democrats had held five seats on the council during the previous term.
Chris Palmieri, a Democrat re-elected to the council, was chairman during the last term and was chosen as minority leader, a position he held before his party took power.
Three Republican incumbents, Lombardi, William Dziedzic and Triano were joined on the council by Paul Chaplinsky, Michael DelSanto and Jim Morelli, who all served on the Planning and Zoning Commission. Democratic incumbents Palmieri and Chris Poulos held their seats and were joined by fellow Democrat Val DePaolo.
The council didn’t appoint a town attorney Tuesday night, instead forming a search committee to fill the position. Town Attorney has been a political appointment.
“We want to make sure we get the very best candidate at all times,” Triano said.
Two lawyers on the council, Dziedzic and DePaolo, Town Manager Mark Sciota, who served as town attorney, and Triano will comprise the search committee. They’ll be taking resumes from any interested attorneys in town, Triano said.