And Justice for All is a newsletter involving my opinions, views, and commentary as a lifelong Middletown resident. As my capacity as a former employee and staunch Labor Leader of City of Middletown Unions (retired with 42 years of service), I have a different perspective of how and why public figures do what they do.
PUTTING A SQUARE PEG IN A ROUND HOLE
Issue # 48 Opinions Of A Citizen
March 4, 2017 John Milardo
This is a huge problem if in fact it is true. It would have given him an unfair advantage over anyone else if he applied and was interviewed by the very same panel.
Basically, it would be like an open book test. Nice to have someone else give you the answers needed for your test.
(From what I can decipher from the Mayor’s statements, his appointee did not apply or test for the job. He was appointed without involvement in the testing procedure.)
Or, was it at a subsequent meeting with the Mayor and perhaps someone else?
I don’t think so. I’m sure every Mayor wants to be apprised of significant projects coming into town, but to say "He's been a critical player in bringing all the deals we've been successful on to fruition in the past several years," (Hartford Courant) is just not the truth! The absurdity continues with the Mayors remark that his Chief of Staff and nominee for the PC&D position was the reason Middletown’s “unemployment rate fell from 7.2 percent in 2011 to 3.6 in December.” (Middletown Press) Come on now! You’ve got to be kidding me! If that is the case then the Chief of Staff should be running for Governor of Connecticut, not Drew!!!!
Point of information: According to the City of Middletown Charter, there is no such official position in the Mayor’s office titled Chief of Staff. It’s a make believe job Mayor Drew has concocted. There is a position called Administrative Assistant to the Mayor in the City Charter. Somehow, Mayor Drew violated the language of the Charter without a word from anyone! Including the Common Council or the Legal Counsel Department. Let us not forget the Administrative Assistant to the Mayor/Chief of Staff is not a City employee. It is a political appointment made by each Mayor.
In Brotherhood and Sisterhood. Stay strong, stay involved, seek the truth!