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Claudia Chapman April 08, 2014 at 08:08 AM
I have come to believe that electing a politician to serve as first selectman is not the mostRead Moreeffici ent way to manage our towns. I would much rather see a professional manager hired to oversee the business operation of the towns. Instead of a politician at the helm, we need a professional manager with an advanced degree in management and/or economics, who is hired because he/she has demonstrated an understanding of business, law and personnel management. Much of the in-fighting, bumbling, exagerration and political back-biting would be eliminated if the town was run by professionals who are free of the burdens which come with being a politician. We could continue to elect a board of selectman, with representation from both major political parties as well as independent voters, but the actual town manager would be a employee of the town, not a politician. The manager would answer to the board, but would not be subect to the election process.
carol renza April 08, 2014 at 09:54 AM
Claudia, I could not agree more. For example of an outstanding town manager, one has to only lookRead Morea s far as Watertown- I believe he is retiring after years (22?). There was a time when I did not support a town manager, but seeing the screw ups, bumbling and infighting of politicians who lack management/business experience and skills to run a town these past several years, have to say you're spot on!
end it now! April 08, 2014 at 08:05 PM
Tell it to the Charter Commission. A Town Manager was suggested 5 years ago by the Democrats onRead Morethe Commission but the idea was killed by the Republicans. See a theme here? There is still time to add one to the newest version of the Charter.
Ted Brown April 02, 2014 at 09:10 PM
Can't say that I'm a fan of HR people or departments. Having worked in business for many years for Read Moreoperations that had HR - and many years for companies that didn't have HR - I would say that the companies without HR generally work better. If you have an effective and honest manager in place, then there is no real need for HR. If you have a bad manager in place (i.e. Ed Edelson) there isn't much HR can do to make things better if they report to the bad manager. It all comes down to who's in charge. In our case - with Edelson in charge - any sort of HR effort is like putting a band-aid on a gun shot wound.
carol renza April 03, 2014 at 05:46 AM
Ted, can't say I'm a fan of adding any more headcount to town hall to handle Personnel issues thatRead MoreE delson lacks the skills to handle. However, there are agencies which provide professional services on a temporary as-needed basis--rather than hiring lawyers every time there is a personnel issue. Ditto for procurement or maybe there is a qualified and talented administrator out there with the skills to split time between these two functions.
Angela Tosti Flynn April 03, 2014 at 08:03 AM
Thank you John.
Teresa Sabino February 26, 2014 at 01:13 PM
Thank you!!!
Jaimie Cura (Editor) February 26, 2014 at 03:56 PM
You're very welcome - thank you again for posting!
Dena Murray Addenbrooke February 27, 2014 at 12:19 PM
Teresa!! OMG. Thank you for posting 💗
end it now! February 20, 2014 at 11:47 AM
Shaun, I'm sure you know Marie Ludorf, a very nice lady who lives in the purchase. A stream theRead Morerun s through her 50 acre piece of land has been destroyed by sand runoff from the road. If it is happening there, it just may be happening in other locations.
carol renza February 20, 2014 at 01:29 PM
The title of this post, "Winter Keeps Snowing in Southbury," makes it appear that onlyRead MoreSou thbury is experiencing snow. How is it that none of the other towns are getting complaints for the conditions of their roads this winter? Perhaps a more appropriate title: "Incompetence Keeps Showing in Southbury... ???
Bernard Kokinchak February 20, 2014 at 08:07 PM
Carol I like title of my post just fine. Also state use the liquid on the interstates and notRead Morehighw ays. There is difference. A salt can be any product of mix of base with and acid. Along with water as product. This what I think whole situation I think Ed done right think and some people may not like that and that fine.