In a draft resolution, printed in the agenda for the Common Council meeting on January 2, the Council will discuss and vote on a resolution to investigate the office of Mayor Dan Drew, and the Office of the General Counsel.
The resolution (K), currently reads:
Approving a waiver of §78-10, Contracts for Professional Services, of Chapter 78 of
the Middletown Code of Ordinances to allow for the hiring of an outside law firm or
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professional organization to assist the Common Council in conducting an
investigation of the Office of the Mayor and the Office of the General Counsel as well
as in responding to the letters from members of UPSEU Local #6457 Union
Executive Board; and approving that a subcommittee, comprised of the Majority
Leader, Deputy Majority Leader, and Minority Leader, be appointed and authorized
to sign an agreement on behalf of the Common Council to retain such outside law
firm or professional organization and that a majority of signatures of said
subcommittee shall suffice to authorize such an agreement; and authorizing that
such agreement shall provide that a report of findings and recommendations shall be
completed by such outside law firm or professional organization within sixty (60)
days of execution of the agreement, unless such report date is extended by the
Common Council; and authorizing that, in the event the investigation hereby
authorized and instituted, discloses the involvement of any other Department, Office,
or Agency of the City, the Common Council may amend this Resolution, and the
agreement authorized hereunder, to include any such Department, Office, or Agency
in the scope of such investigation.
The investigation is in response to formal complaints made by Board of Education Manager of Human Resource, Michele DiMauro that the mayor and the city attorney prevented a fair assessment of her request to have her job status re-evaluated. She also complained that the mayor made disparaging remarks about her after she filed the complaint.
The mayor and the city attorney have denied the charges.