Letter to the Editor: Town Council Democrats Sound Off About the Interim Police Chief Hiring

The council's two Democrats are questioning Town Manager Michael Maniscalco's decision to make former chief Matthew Reimondo the interim chief.


To The Editor,

As residents of East Hampton for many years, we have come to expect that our appointed, elected and paid town officials will consider the correct process when making decisions and most of all consider the residents and their level of comfort.  Since the election of 2011, the level of comfort throughout our community has leveled off and the residents are again putting their trust in those who make decisions for them. 

We began our term on the Town Council as the minority members and made steps to work with all members of the council to make decisions that were positive and right for our community.  This level of comfort was not achieved overnight but we began to feel hopeful,  following many controversial meetings and discussions.  We worked together to hire a Town Manager and helped him as he settled into a new home and a very important job.   We desperately needed a person who would consider all that we had been through and help us to move forward. 

We all agreed that this goal should be our focus and that we were steadily moving forward.

We believed that the retirement package that was accepted by our Chief of Police was acceptable to him and his family as well as the residents of our community.  This was a giant step forward for everyone.  A sub committee of the council was formed to work with the Town Manager and offer guidance as he prepared to hire an Interim Chief and finally a permanent Chief.  This would be no easy task but one that we would take very seriously.  We all wanted the right person for this important position and would consider all applicants. 

We had one meeting with the Town Manager to discuss the process of moving ahead and released a job description through the Town website and on the CT Chiefs website.  We received 15 resumes to consider and the deadline was January 30.

That is where the planned process ended.  After trying unsuccessfully to have a special Town Council meeting, the Town Manager released a letter to us saying that he had made the decision to rehire Chief Reimondo.  This meeting was cancelled due to improper notice.  As the news spread throughout our community, we realized that the process that the 7 members of the council had agreed upon was violated.

Our community needs to respond and continue to guide us back to making decisions that are right for you.  This is not right!!


George Pfaffenbach and Barbara Moore, East Hampton Town Council Members

eyeonthetruth February 08, 2013 at 11:21 PM
Salafia and the rest of the officers are doing a great job, RIGHT SUE !!
Guest1 February 08, 2013 at 11:55 PM
you can bank on the election that Barbara, Ted, and George won't get re-elected due to the trouble they have stirred up with this latest controversy, we don't need to be the laughing stock of the state AGAIN
eyeonthetruth February 09, 2013 at 12:23 AM
I would'nt put money in your bank!
Sheila Barton Engel February 09, 2013 at 12:37 AM
Have we learned nothing in the last 3 years? In the real world a boss with Reimondos record - the majority of his employees having no confidence in him, multiple grievances against, sues his employer, admits to sending racist emails, fails to lead fairly, retaliates against his boss, etc, -would have been FIRED. End of story. Instead he is rewarded. This decision makes no fiscal or moral sense- none. A qualified sergeant successfully ran the department in 2010, with much less than a $37 hourly pay increase and without $6,000 for insurance payments AND he accomplished things within the department that Reimondo failed for years to do. As far as the next election- Just remember in the last election the CP did win most of the slots, but they did not win most of the votes.
Oingo Boingo February 09, 2013 at 12:47 AM
Hey Eye, what's your opinion on the upcoming budget season? The high school renovation project? The fire engine the town is looking to purchase?
mhd1911 February 09, 2013 at 01:07 AM
Their mind is only on chief nothing ekse!
cypres February 09, 2013 at 02:19 AM
@ SHIELA You seem to have the chiefs matters in check, just wondering about that sergeants record you keep refering to. I do recall hearing that he was demoted from sergeant for a period of time, instead of removing him from the force the evil chief gave him a chance to get it together. This is how he repays him. This sergeant on many ocasions has been seen doing the things he enforces in uniform. So please knock out the choir boy image you portray. He doesn't have the credentials to be a chief. Corruption runs deep here. I say we subpoena the Dunkin Donuts Video surveillance tapes where all the good ole boys meet and get to the heart of it. Yet that will not happen to many people would find themselves lock up or find themselves in a mountain of lawsuits. You and your friends think you have us fooled. Wrong again. Dirty land deals, dirty lawyers, dirty real estate yet the chiefs the problem. Ok I agree. These are just a few. Would you like to continue? SHALL WE PLAY A GAME!
Zorro February 09, 2013 at 03:49 AM
Part 2 This has nothing to do with the Chatham Party, Democrats or Republicans. It doesn’t have anything to do with politics, except for the few who are trying to make it political. This has to do with a Town Manager who had a job to do, which he did. Whether you like it or not, the town is moving forward in a positive way and will continue to do so.
Zorro February 09, 2013 at 03:51 AM
Part 1 I believe “Community First” refers to doing what is best for the community rather than catering to a few. Mr. Maniscalco had a job to do and that was to hire an experienced police chief to fill in while a permanent one can be found. There is nothing in our Town Charter that says this decision is to be made by the Town Council or that the Town Council is required to give any input. What it does say is that the police chief will be hired by the Town Manager. Mr. Maniscalco was thinking about the safety of the community when he determined that Chief Reimondo was the best choice for the next three months and he wasn’t afraid to do what was right. It was apparent by the video that was put on YouTube, that Michael Green thought he should be acting police chief again. There were even a few (very few) who also thought he should be. Thankfully, that didn’t happen. Sargent Green should be thankful that he has a job. This is an officer who couldn’t be located when a call came in and he was on duty, had let the statute of limitations run out on a case he was supposed to be investigating because he threw it on his desk and forgot about it. This is an officer, who with two other officers, was at a news media event instead of patrolling the streets of East Hampton, once again, he wasn’t doing his job.
Zorro February 09, 2013 at 04:29 AM
Funny how you mentioned “the last three years”, is that because prior to that, there wasn’t any problems? That for the last three years certain individuals have been hell-bent on destroying a man’s life because he got in their way. That you found out that you couldn’t control him so you decided he needed to go. And while you were playing games with this man’s life, you put in a sergeant who did what he was told. You probably had something you could hold over him or made promises to him. It must have really upset you when the residents of East Hampton united against you and took back their town. But I am curious, so please enlighten me on the accomplishments that were made by this sergeant. I could use a good laugh.
Zorro February 09, 2013 at 04:58 AM
Hummmm. By your logic, if you are faced with a difficult decision and you make one that isn’t popular (by a few), than you’re incompetent. I’ll bet that if we took a vote, the vast majority of residents would say the right decision was made. As usual, the “silent majority” didn’t get their way, so they will muddy the waters and try to make the rest of our lives miserable. If this decision causes any division within the community, it is because of the lies being spread around. No surprise there.
Zorro February 09, 2013 at 05:22 AM
eyeonthetruth, Actually, arrogance fits best when describing the TC6 and their choices of Town Managers, with the exception of John Weichsel. O’Keefe leaves with a big buy-out and it was never determined for sure if he resigned or if Melissa and Barbara asked him to leave. If you ask Barbara or Melissa what took place, they can’t even tell you. They can’t even agree as to where it took place. Than they put in an inexperienced, acting interim-Town Manager at $50.00 an hour whose main focus was to get rid of the Chief. Must have been quite a blow to her ego not to be able to accomplish that task in the time she was given. And the word arrogance seems to fit you to a tee. You would have to be arrogant to think your representing the residents of this town.
Guest1 February 09, 2013 at 11:22 AM
Wasn't it Shiela that forwarded all of the former head of the TC's emails to the folks in the community during their process to remove the chief from his job? I know I got several of them Hmmmm
Guest1 February 09, 2013 at 01:20 PM
To Eye on the truth is this true cuz you say it is?
cypres February 09, 2013 at 01:37 PM
It's makes me wonder everytime someone post about the real corruption on town you good ole townies just go away and stop posting. So stop trying to makes us see it your way, your silence speaks volume.
kelly February 09, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Right now I think people have enough to worry about with out all this B.S.!!!
cypres February 09, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Not me.. no worries!!
kelly February 09, 2013 at 03:07 PM
cypres Lucky you' but I hope you have compassion for those who do!
cypres February 09, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Always there to help. Polite to all even if not deserved. I'm not the judge,mess with my family and I enjoy exploiting yours..
kelly February 09, 2013 at 04:11 PM
The they wonder why people don't use their real names.
kelly February 09, 2013 at 04:12 PM
cypres February 09, 2013 at 04:57 PM
I'd use my real name have no problem with that, but you see the few good ole townies know exactly who i am. Trust me they don't just break the law sometimes. More fun this way. You don't have to like someone to do business with them. "CY PRES" HAVE FUN..
eyeonthetruth February 09, 2013 at 06:57 PM
And the same 10 or 12 people on this blog are chatham defenders!
kelly February 09, 2013 at 09:02 PM
eyeonthetruth most comments, the rest are probably mixture of CP, and just plain towns people! Doesn't sound all CP to me. Just an opinion!
eyeonthetruth February 09, 2013 at 09:56 PM
your OPINION is always respected
eyeonthetruth February 09, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Tabasco, drk helmet, zorro maybe NOT!
scuba February 10, 2013 at 01:05 AM
@eye Spot on..
scuba February 10, 2013 at 02:23 AM
@zorro I do agree with most of your comments, how ever I believe that the Chief has drawn the short straw here. He went through a character assassination been FOI, challenged on ever leel possible, came back with his head held high continued to run HIS department while the lynch mobs relentless attacks. He agree to leave and probably was ready not to look back. It just shows this TM was not ready to implement his offer and didn't think this out. Maybe because he was pressured, it makes him appear unable to make and implement tuff choices. To make this public news before it was final was nothing more then opening old wounds stirring the pot. We the town have paid lots of money, hrs of time correcting misuse of power and due process to have this turn into a circus again. We demand better results for OUR MONEY. It cost us alot to get him, so you far not impressed. My opinion to young to manage such a corrupt town. Not enouugh EXPERIENCE. To many wise and seasoned players here. This TC hand pick him for a reason, he'll do better in his next job after he's trained here at our expense.
eyeonthetruth February 10, 2013 at 11:58 AM
He' s a lot better than the chatham's choice from NEWINGTON!
Not Guido February 15, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Dont know all the 15 but one is a recently retired Chief from a CT pd about 2 1/2 times bigger. Was an excellent Chief for 10 years. More then qualified.


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