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Andriote: McDaniel Should Take Permanent Vacation

'I haven't heard of any past mayors leaving for vacation after only six months in office and during a budget session, but McDaniel did.'

Montville is being overwhelmed with legal and financial problems, yet where was Mayor Ron McDaniel?  He was on vacation and only after six months in office. I guess he needed a vacation because the job was too much.  I haven’t ever heard of any past Mayors leaving for vacation only after six months in office and during a budget session, but McDaniel did.  So what other messes did he leave behind?

A Town employee on administrative leave for over four months because McDaniel couldn’t make a decision so he handed it over to the Council, by Charter their not supposed to make the decision.  A second Town employee under investigation by the State Police for misuse of the public safety COLLECT system. 

But that’s not all, McDaniel also left behind an employee harassment case that he has been investigating since October 2011, He now hired a Law Firm to investigate that case. I’m also wondering if he is going to pass that off to the council next. All these investigations are costing taxpayers thousands of dollars in Lawyers’ fees because he won’t do the job himself, maybe that’s because  he might have to make a decision himself, I don’t think he’s capable of doing that.  I’m sure he’s not going to get involved with the possible loss of jobs with the closing of the Hostess Distribution Center. At the council meeting they had to meet without the Mayor, which means, they had to make decisions on Employee the contracts without input from the Mayor who negotiated those contracts.

Let’s not forget he also proposed over a six mill increase for the taxpayers and businesses in town even after slashing the education budget. I’m sorry, but his actions in the last six months have proven that he is not qualified to hold the position of Mayor in the Town of Montville.  Maybe Mayor McDaniel should take a permanent vacation from his office and let the town elect someone who is not afraid to make decisions and who is not going to play politics and keep spending money for Lawyers to do what he’s supposed to be doing.

James Andriote Sr.

Montville Fool May 18, 2012 at 01:49 PM
I could not agree more. He has proven to not know what he is doing and puts the entire town in jeopardy of many mor lawsuits. It's time for montville to elect a mayor that knows what he is doing.
Tricia W. May 18, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Mr. Andriote, is there any rules about vacations for town employee? Isn't the Mayor considered a town employee? Everyone else who works for the town has contractual vacation time, why doesn't the Mayor? Is he free to just come and go as he pleases since he's the boss?
farm guy May 18, 2012 at 04:45 PM
we need a town manager.
J. Lincoln May 18, 2012 at 05:28 PM
I believe an employee must be on the job for at least one (1) year. It's good to be the boss!
J. Lincoln May 18, 2012 at 05:37 PM
farm guy, I was very much in favor of a Town Manager. When we voted, the Town was administered by the Democratic Party who fought very hard to keep the Mayor's position as it is. They got what they wanted and it is going to cost us plenty. A Town Manager can stay above the politics and take a clean sober approach to the job. That is not happening now.
Donna Jacobson May 19, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Tricia, according the the Town's Employee Handbook, employee who have worked 1 year are entitled to 5 days paid vacation. Between 2 and 4 years employment is 10 days paid vacation. The amount of paid days grows exponentially up to 15 years employment. However, contractual agreement supersede the Handbook. I am uncertain if this Mayor or any other has an employment contract with the Town. Therefore, the Handbook would take precedent. Making the assumption that the Mayor's vacation was 'un-paid' and the arbitrary hours of that position, un-paid leave is would be acceptable. Maybe the timing of the leave in this case is questionable.
Meredith Tiffany October 15, 2012 at 06:00 PM
This article states that the mayor has been investigating an employee harassment case since October of 2011....I didn't think he was mayor last October.

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