Tuesday morning, Mayor Sebastian Giuliano announced that Acting Police Chief Patrick McMahon was his choice to be the new Police Chief in Middletown. He also announced that he had chosen Acting Deputy Chief Greg Sneed for the new Deputy Chief position.
"I'm expecting the confirmation process to be difficult," the mayor said. "Because everything has been difficult with the Common Council."
Giuliano is referring to an ongoing power struggle between the mayor and the Common Council over who has authority over certain budget, financial and personnel issues.
Giuliano amplified the opinions he provided in a press release in which he praised McMahon's qualifications, experience and the work he's done in the thirteen months that he's been acting chief.
"I know the issue of residency, or domicile has been raised by the Council," the mayor said. "But we have a person who's bought a house in town, who votes here, who pays taxes here. He's gotten involved in community activities far more than others who live in town. And because his wife still owns property in Norwich, we're somehow going to make an issue about the hours when he's asleep?"
Giuliano also said that other on-call town directors have summer homes and spend every evening during the summer away from Middletown, but not so far away that it's a problem.
"We had a former police chief (Brymer), for whom the Council passed a special resolution saying that he did not have to honor the residency requirement for chief so he could live up in East Hartford," Giuliano explained.
The candidates for Chief and Deputy Chief will be interviewed by the Personnel Review Committee on September 31, and it will be up to the Common Council to decide whether to consider the appointments at the regular October meeting, or to call a special meeting to consider the confirmations.