Rejected Manager Cites Surprise

Rejected Manager Cites Surprise

There are 48 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Dec 20, 2007, titled Rejected Manager Cites Surprise. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Thomas, the town manager for Old Orchard Beach, Maine, was preparing to leave his post there to begin working in East Hampton as of Jan.

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did you forget

Cromwell, CT

#47 Jan 2, 2008
Mickey, did you forget about the fact that the former town council started this whole mess by voting on this three weeks before the end of their term - which I've read is against charter, or bylaws or something like that. Interesting how you didn't mention Thomas' record and horrific reputation. anyone that conducts business in that manner should not be here, and you darn well know it. this is about zoning - so instead of placing it at the head of the town council, get the darned zoning regs right and start running this town like a business and not the bottomless buddy pit it has become, and that is a message for ALL THREE parties. been there, seen it, and know it to be FACT.
Mickey

New Ipswich, NH

#48 Jan 2, 2008
Haven't forgotten.
There certainly are some unsettling background characteristics with this candidate, but he was selected by a non-partisan selection committee after a national search... and hired by the town in good faith. I don't see anything wrong. Should he demonstrate that he his not qualified or willing to work with the town council, THAT is when he should be shown the door, not after being given a the job and relocating his family to our area. The town councils actions are nothing short of sleazy and I feel that the gentleman has some very strong grounds to sue the town should be be a fraction as vindictive as Melissa, Bill, Tom, Chris and John have been shown to be. Except in this case, it will cost all of the residents of East Hampton some big bucks. I don't think this was handled very well at all and I feel that these actions by the council reflect very poorly on our town and its many honorable residents.
AMEN

Greenfield, MA

#49 Jan 2, 2008
Mickey's got it right.
The new Council's actions are a disgrace to this town.
It's a shame politicsin EH has to be so ugly and distasteful.
Does anyone know what TC's plans are to fill the position?
What about the water system, anyone know their plans on that?
did you forget

Cromwell, CT

#50 Jan 3, 2008
okay, for the sake of discussion - nonpartisan... were there any dems at all on that committee? wasn't it loaded with chatham party folks, since ms. wientraub was clearly already running on the cp ticket for town council? is it at all possible that the other party folks voted in line w/ everyone else in order to try and get this town back in business and just END the stuff that had been going on with mr. Bergran?
EHCT8821

Pembroke, MA

#51 Jan 8, 2008
Mickey wrote:
Haven't forgotten.
There certainly are some unsettling background characteristics with this candidate, but he was selected by a non-partisan selection committee after a national search... and hired by the town in good faith. I don't see anything wrong. Should he demonstrate that he his not qualified or willing to work with the town council, THAT is when he should be shown the door, not after being given a the job and relocating his family to our area. The town councils actions are nothing short of sleazy and I feel that the gentleman has some very strong grounds to sue the town should be be a fraction as vindictive as Melissa, Bill, Tom, Chris and John have been shown to be. Except in this case, it will cost all of the residents of East Hampton some big bucks. I don't think this was handled very well at all and I feel that these actions by the council reflect very poorly on our town and its many honorable residents.
He never relocated his family,- he planned to rent (which he hadn't even signed a lease) and then bring his family down in July '08 after his child finished school.
did you forget

Cromwell, CT

#52 Jan 9, 2008
Mickey wrote:
Haven't forgotten.
There certainly are some unsettling background characteristics with this candidate, but he was selected by a non-partisan selection committee after a national search... and hired by the town in good faith. I don't see anything wrong. Should he demonstrate that he his not qualified or willing to work with the town council, THAT is when he should be shown the door, not after being given a the job and relocating his family to our area.
You're kidding right? SHOULD he demonstrate? SHOULD he not be willing to work with people? Good God, man, how much more proof did they need to see before they even hired the guy! It was all over the place- in Colorado, in Maine- the guy DEMONSTRATED over and over again in very public ways that he was NOT qualified or willing to work with people. When I apply for a job, they hire me THEN decide whether or not I'm qualified and work well with others, or do they check my references and yes, even google me to see what I've done. Somebody dropped the ball here big time.
Sasha

New York, NY

#53 Jan 9, 2008
Mickey wrote:
Haven't forgotten.
There certainly are some unsettling background characteristics with this candidate, but he was selected by a non-partisan selection committee after a national search... and hired by the town in good faith. I don't see anything wrong. Should he demonstrate that he his not qualified or willing to work with the town council, THAT is when he should be shown the door, not after being given a the job and relocating his family to our area. The town councils actions are nothing short of sleazy and I feel that the gentleman has some very strong grounds to sue the town should be be a fraction as vindictive as Melissa, Bill, Tom, Chris and John have been shown to be. Except in this case, it will cost all of the residents of East Hampton some big bucks. I don't think this was handled very well at all and I feel that these actions by the council reflect very poorly on our town and its many honorable residents.
Mickey has it right. So many people here assume they know the law or assume they know the charter but can never quite quote the law or the charter to prove what they say.

Thomas may have a cause of action on simple reliance (look it up Mr. Forgotten). Sad that the town council didn't wait for this guy to start and then find a way to get rid of him if he is such a monster. However, one town's monster may be another town angel.
Sasha

New York, NY

#54 Jan 9, 2008
did you forget wrote:
Mickey, did you forget about the fact that the former town council started this whole mess by voting on this three weeks before the end of their term - which I've read is against charter, or bylaws or something like that..
Have any proof?

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