Tonight, at the Personnel Review Committee (PRC) meeting Councilwoman Deborah Kleckowski requested that the vetting for the candidate for Deputy Police Chief be postponed and a “Special Meeting” be held because the members of the PRC did not have the “back-up” information (i.e. Timbro’s resume, job description etc) available to them until after 3pm on Monday.
Kleckowski, due to family illness, (just like the Chief‘s kids), was unable to retrieve the “back-up” material until 7:50pm the night of the PRC meeting (Tuesday January 8, 2013). It is unacceptable, and certainly not transparent, to keep pertinent information from committee members until the day before an important meeting. The Mayor did make the 24 hour required filing of the agenda to the Town/City Clerk’s Office.
The letter of the law was met, not the spirit.
Mayor Drew spouted off to Councilwoman Kleckowski that he was “tired of her indignant attitude” about paperwork. Kleckowski refused to argue with the Mayor reiterating it was not fair to the candidate or the members of the committee not to have ample time to review material. Chairman Hope Kasper tried to settle the tide by stating how important this decision was. Councilwoman Mary Bartolotta was not in attendance.
The point is councilmembers MUST have ample time to review documents, period. This was the Mayor’s attempt once again to control information. Drew was furious, getting up from his seat yelling at Kleckowski—shame on the Mayor for losing his cool! Kleckowski, politely excused herself from the meeting saying she was unable to participate in the process at that time.
No quorum, no problem, the Mayor wanted the remaining Councilwoman (Kasper)to vote because there was a quorum before Councilwoman left which is not allowed. Temper, temper, temper, the Mayor continued to spew comments about Kleckowski to the remaining people in the room-naughty, naughty Mayor!
Apparently, the Mayor was mad because the Chief could have be home with his kids who were sick. Kleckowski was home last night with her family who were sick—double standard.
The Mayor yelled about Kleckowski not being responsible-. Let’s see— It is OK for the Chief to be home with his kids, yet Kleckowski was home with her family (remember, family first-wait—that does not apply to all!), dissemination of information/informed decision making-yes, that means having information available 28 hours before a meeting and to agree with the Mayor’s process. No time for thoughtful deliberation-that works for the Mayor, too!
Lastly, the Mayor continued to yell and have a tantrum like a two-year old; behavior one exhibits when one does not get his way. Now that is leadership!
This scene could have been avoided, and the candidate officer Michael Timbro vetted, if the members of the committee received the information in a timely manner. Shame on you Mayor for your outburst and not giving the information to the members of the PRC earlier!!