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Hats off to the current Board of Selectmen – Rob Mallozzi, Beth Jones and Nick Williams – and particularly to Rob, the first selectman, for initiating actions to put the town’s financial house in order. Prior to their elections, we taxpayers were led to believe that “best practices” were being followed, and being watched over by the first selectman and the Town Council, as required by the Town Charter.
Sadly was not the case for some 15 to 20 years during the Walker, Neville and Bond administrations, and for as long as a number of the longtime Town Council members have held office, including the Town Council head, Mark DeWaele.
Now that we have a new legal counsel, a new chief financial officer and a new accounting/auditing firm, and, most important, selectmen that have their collective eyes on the ball, the town’s finances (and OUR taxpayer money) seem to be getting the highly professional treatment that they deserve.
Hats off also to Roger Williams, Republican Town Council member, for setting an excellent example with regards to doing the necessary homework before Town Council meetings, and retaining the courage of his convictions to ask the “tough” questions during the sessions, even when seemingly discouraged from doing so by some fellow Council members.
Rob, Beth, Nick and Roger -- keep up the good work!
Democrat, and not a member of the Town Council or Board of Finance