Wethersfield Manager Therrien To Leave Post

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Therrien said after 24 years working in town and city government, she feels it is time for her to move on.

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Mayor 420

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Well, the Democrats finally got their wish. And now the rest of us will pay the price.
Wondering

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Are there a lot of applicants for these types of positions? Is Wethersfield considered a desirable town to manage?
Ben Dover in OW

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Good bye and good riddance. There is a God. Can we please, please hire someone this time with some idea of shrinking the size of town government, rolling back taxes and bringing business into the town that will help the Grand List ? Hire someone who understands that a taxpayer is not a bottomless well of money to be plucked for any and all "programs" the Board of Ed and the Town Council want to fund. Hire someone this time who knows that a perfectly reasonable response to requests for more and more money each year from the Board of Ed is "NO"
Mayor 420

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Wondering.... no. Wethersfield has a reputation as being a difficult place to manage because of the majority's political agenda. Almost none of the applicants in 2002 were from the state. Bonnie is well known and respected in the industry and her sudden departure will be a red flag to any competent successor.

Ben... Dream on. I am right there with you in your desire to get someone who is "taxpayer friendly". Bear in mind, however, that the choice is going to be made by the Council, or at least the six Democratic members. Their track record for hiring is suspect (remember the mayor's wife as town clerk debacle? and the prolonged and screwed up hiring process for police chief under the watch of a former deputy mayor?) Expect them to choose someone completely indebted to them and their political motivations and watch the average taxpayer get hit with a 12-15% increase next year.
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I hope Mark Hafner comes back to apply...wouldn't that be great!
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It's about time! Maybe we can get some good businesses into this town now that is gone. I hope the town gives 200% to look for a new manager-she will be out quicker that way. Berlin was right!
Lisa OW

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She has overseen the town Hall renovation project. has she seen that project? Its a mess! Woo hoo she helped put in a skate park. Has anyone noticed the silas deane hwy lately? Maybe we can squeeze in some more Dollar Stores and Crappy Chinese joints, oh and we could always use ANOTHER Dunkin Doodle!
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You people are insance and lack any integrity. Go try doing the job in a professional business manner in a political cess pool. Bonnie Therrien is an icon in Connecticut and one of the best professionals a community could ask for. It's a huge loss for Wethersfield and one for the profession, but it looks like an honor that you all and the Town so richly deserve.
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Native Onion wrote:
You people are insance and lack any integrity. Go try doing the job in a professional business manner in a political cess pool. Bonnie Therrien is an icon in Connecticut and one of the best professionals a community could ask for. It's a huge loss for Wethersfield and one for the profession, but it looks like an honor that you all and the Town so richly deserve.
Yeah, a real professional at spending other people's money. Wow, helped create a town redevelopment agency, have you looked at the pile of properties still vacant. Northeast Utilities, Weight Watchers, Fun Zone, Blockbuster and countless other small and medium size buildings.

Oversaw the town hall and library projects? Are you kidding, what debacles those are. Bond work to repair the roads? Twenty years ago road maintenance was easily covered within the maintenance budget and no bonding was needed. And a new bocce ball court and skateboard park, yeah, we're really gonna miss her. Not.

And of course the Police Chief sings her praises, she lets him sit in her chair and run things whenever she goes on vacation. Gimmeabreak!
Dark Days

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Five Years ago Therrien was given marching orders by the Council & the new Manager Selection Committee. Therrien promised to accomplish them in the time frame. Guess What, the only thing she accomplished was to live up to what the folks in Berlin said, "TAKE COVER" you will need it. They were very right. She has failed the Town of Wethersfield and it's Tax Payers. It's time to bring the new Sheriff to Town, clean house, stop pay raises etc. and get down to cutting taxes, bring in business and be USER FRIENDLY. Good-Bye "Therrien" it has been five dark years for the Volunteer Town. P.S. take your friends with you.
Dark Days

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If she was so wonderful and professional and on top of things, let's ask about the Board of Ed being over a million in the "red" this budget, ask about the police dept rotted & out of service fire sprinkler system, the town wide radio system that was outdated and broken when the town purchased it. On & On. I say, show her the door today, not wait any more, she's only building her 401K
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If you are all so bright and have the silver bullet solutions, why aren't you putting your names to your postings and applying for the job. Check the Charter fools .. the Town Manager has ZERO control over the Board of Education. Bonnie is anything but a take cover person, she hits it head on and most of you people can't stand looking in the mirror, no less dealing with a direct, honest and professional woman!
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Wethersfield was fortunate to have this competent, professional town manager. Clearly as these comments illustrate, small-mindedness and small-town mentality were a problem. Obviously either no one can read the article, or believes the police chief and their own council people to be liars. Good luck to whoever is her replacement! Hopefully outgoing, imaginative, pro-active prospective town managers won't see all these petty remarks. No wonder why the town seal features a big onion!
Gimmeabreak

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Liars, maybe not, but the Chief is sure as heck going to "go along to get along". He's not about to do anything that will endanger his position in that grand palace of a PD station the taxpayers built for him. The council, however, will indeed say anything to further their own political power. If they had any shame, they would all resign for this year's budget and tax increase alone.

There's nothing "petty" about simply wanting local politicians to realize that the only way to grow their budget is by lowering taxes and in that way enticing business growth and more tax revenue without crushing the typical homeowner; who has seen their property taxes more than double in the past 10 years.

My take home pay didn't double in the past decade, did yours ?
Dark Days

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Bonnie Rocks wrote:
If you are all so bright and have the silver bullet solutions, why aren't you putting your names to your postings and applying for the job. Check the Charter fools .. the Town Manager has ZERO control over the Board of Education. Bonnie is anything but a take cover person, she hits it head on and most of you people can't stand looking in the mirror, no less dealing with a direct, honest and professional woman!
If she has no control with the Board of ED, then why did Dr Proctor leave?? Find the answer and you will be surprised Mr Wizard
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Why didn't the paper say that she was not leaving on her own. She was forced out. Now our town can hopefully get new business in town like Rocky Hill, Glastonbury and Newington. We need our taxes to go down. Taxpayers of all ages can't afford to live here. Our library is a joke. How long is the whole project going to take?
Ben Dover in OW

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glad to see her go wrote:
Why didn't the paper say that she was not leaving on her own. She was forced out. Now our town can hopefully get new business in town like Rocky Hill, Glastonbury and Newington. We need our taxes to go down. Taxpayers of all ages can't afford to live here. Our library is a joke. How long is the whole project going to take?
Keep in mind it's not something the Town Manager alone can solve. We need a whole new set of brains on the Town Council and especially the Board of Ed. "Remember in November" Vote all incumbents out! No exceptions! Tell all your family, friends and neighbors.
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Thank Goodness!
Prayers have been answered.

No one to threaten OW folks to shut down their meetings regarding Comstock.

No one to allow staff to run around boards and commissions and keep them out of the loop. No one to make rude remarks.

Gosh, when she brought the news of an overturn at Comstock back to the good ole boys in town hall, she must have done the shuffle one last time.
Usually people leave when the grass is starting to look dead under their feet.

Good riddance Queen Bonnie!
And good luck to whomever's town she so professionally manages!
(Take King Peter with you?)
A Murphy

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Dark Days wrote:
If she was so wonderful and professional and on top of things, let's ask about the Board of Ed being over a million in the "red" this budget, ask about the police dept rotted & out of service fire sprinkler system, the town wide radio system that was outdated and broken when the town purchased it. On & On. I say, show her the door today, not wait any more, she's only building her 401K
You do know she had nothing to do with the PD building or the radio system purchase? So your on and on are things the previous manager was respnsible for?
Watching It

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Bonnie Therrien was not "forced out." If I spent days and evenings over 20+ years of Town Council meetings, hearings, etc. listening to the type of nonsense similar to what's posted here, I'd burn out, too. If any of you saw the budget hearing on TV, you know Bonnie spelled it out pretty bluntly. You defeated the economic development idea. OK, fine. What do propose doing to develop the grand list instead? WW, Fun Zone are PRIVATELY OWNED buildings - so you folks you screamed about eminent domain don't want the Town to take over private property but you want her to do something about those buildings anyway... You could see she was fed up. She's got options in the private sector, where the rest of you probably work and no one second guesses every decision you make every day. Good luck Bonnie.

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