Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Mayor Drew losses his cool at PRC meeting

Mayor Drew losses his cool at PRC meeting
 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!!

29 comments:

  1. OH Boy!!! Here comes the Mayor! Out of his way let him do anything he wants! Why not? He's the MAYOR! Anybody quetion me?

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  2. They deserve each other.

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  3. Seeing that Mrs kleckoski is a contributor and a reader of Middletown insider you would think she would have known that Timbro was going to be the nominee. Even if you didn't read the insider and you are in the city loop you would have known Timbro was the choice. Kleckoski has had plenty of time to read up on Timbro and the other candidates.

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  4. Sounds like when Bob Santangelo went off last year

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  5. Dear insiders,

    Can you please do a spoof with the 3 amigo's ( Dan, Bill, and Mike)...wait....toss Tom in too and make it 4.

    Thanks,

    The outsider.

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  6. KleCowski knew full well when she and the rest of PRC voted to dumb down the requirements that the job was slated for Timbro. Heck all of Middletown knew. She ought to grow a backbone and admit that she is just against the pick instead of hiding behind a BS story that everyone sees through.

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  7. What the hell is going on Now over there.. The mayor does yell and I've seen him do it, in fact that is part of the reason so many directors took the golden handshake. They want out of the Napoleon like atmosphere created by DDrew.. Oh well, at least they made out well. Deborah is a different story, she is elected and the Mayor is NOT her boss.. This isn't the 1st time those guys have harassed Deborah..

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  8. Dan should not yell at anybody especially in public, but I wasn't there so who knows..

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  9. Sebby G. Lost to Danno, because he made a fool of himself during an election year. Looks like the stress is getting to Dan, and he is following suit. Extremely poor choices and boning those who helped him get into office. All because of his over inflated ego.

    I hope someone, anyone, runs against him next election.

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  10. If Debra can't stand the heat she should get out of the kitchen. she is no victim.

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  11. I was on the MDTC when Dan Ruzo threw her off the ticket awhile ago because she had her own mind at P/Z. Trust me I know this happened, it happened to me as well later.

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  12. Independent thinking is a career killer. It's their (Serracarts) way or the highway. Change will come, but they've ruined a lot of good people in the mean time.

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  13. There is a certain way to oneself in a public meeting and it is not belittling another individual. The Mayor has to realize being mayor doesn't mean you have carte blanche to do whatever you want.

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  14. I put good $$ on the fact that Entire Drew/Dem situation will end up like Jeremy Shingleton in Cromwell.

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  15. Wish this was caught on take like last year when Bob Santangelo went ape on Pessina and others. If it was you can be it will disappear faster than Dominque Thorton's blood at a DUI stop!


    How did Seb make a fool of himself? Quite the opposite if anyone was paying attention.

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  16. Kleckowski plays the whiner card too often. Get a pair of big girl pants.

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  17. I don't know.. I think Linda and Debbie have the only brain ont he council. They were the ones that asked for fiscal proof of a hardship from the owners of ION, when they wanted more Money from city due to the hardship of the bridger. How much money did hte city officals shell out? $40,000 or was it $80,000? Debbie and Linda wanted to know why the council just gave away the funds without even checking into the financial records of theION.. Basically the 10 CC members w/out Debbie and Linda gave ION a ton of money without even checking..

    I think Dkleckowski questions a lot of people in a differnt fashion, but if you aren't a DREWACRAT or on board witht the lapdog or King ONE doesn't want to hear the magic questions. We need Debbie in there along with LInda and bring back the artist Bauer. The Dems need to Stop the GOD DARN spending!!

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  18. Lets not forget that kleckowski was an ardent mcmouth fan.

    nuff said.

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  19. McMOUTH is gone !

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  20. Yeah, and replaced by Mc-konnected, and Temper Timbro, and there butt kissing lackeys.

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  21. As the revolving door of otherwise unemployable mayors goes round, so does their appointments of police appoints who couldn't and wouldn't make it in other towns.

    The more things change the more they remain the same.

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  22. Magically I bet money the tape for this meeting disappeared! They learned their lesson when the one of Santangelo blowing his top got out. Mayor Drew is nothing but a social climber in the political sphere who is just looking to use this as a stepping stone! The budget was a joke too because every time you turn around departments are asking the council for appropriations- just how high will my taxes be this year Dannyboy?

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  23. This is not the end. The dems. are planing to appoint a "friend" to a third city attorney position to replace the personnell director. This will complete their master plan to control the cities hiring for years to come. This or any of their golden handshake deals will not save the taxpayers, only give them more power.

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  24. Two words: Jeremy Shingleton

    Prediction: THis will happen soon in Middletown!

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  25. Anon 1:55. Ding you win the prize. The other important piece is that "friend" while on the Council voted against very single collective bargaining agreement, upgrade request or any other item having to do with mediation efforts between labor and management. Soooo... you have a "friend" who will hire whomever the dems want but will cost the citizens hundreds of thousands a year on stupid labor charges just because she is unable or unwilling to look at compromise. Yeah... this was a good deal!

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  26. Middletown voters like change, when its warranted, and I think Dan just gave them a reason, republicans need someone to run against Dan badly. Seb should run for a council seat. It's time to turn things around. Yes, again.

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  27. Until the Mayor made his announcement, everything was rumor and innuendo; there was nothing to read up on except old newspaper reports. The administration is very good at posting agendas and releasing information as close to the legal deadline as possible. If the Mayor's office had wanted to be completely open and transparent, they could have released the process used to advertise and find applicants; who applied; what testing was done, and by whom; which applicants were deemed qualified; testing results and rankings. All this could have been released at any time.

    Also, Timbro is one of the most highly paid members of the police department. If he's been appointed as "Acting Deputy Chief", then he would be receiving the pay of the DC and therefore, why the rush. If he's not "acting", then he's still able to work overtime to augment his salary and therefore, why the rush? The Deputy Chief is basically a salary positition that does not enjoy the ability to work overtime. Technically.

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  28. At least ole CUSTER is staying in Rocky Hill., After dropping the ball on the O'Rourke investigation, that is all we need to plague us in town. It should be added when was up for job in town awhile back, HOPEy Casper was on the phone with him which is quite unethical. Of course her son-in-law JOSH BURGER getting that job with teacher benefits makes no sense at all.

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  29. Timbro is a Lt. And was appointed as an acting Capt. Then the jump straight to DC. The picked him over an actual tested and promoted Capt. With more time on and less issues and With an actual degree! Why because McKenna and the boyz wanted their guy period!

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