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UPDATE: Gary Murphy Resigns From Town Council; Cites Doctor's Orders

Council then swiftly moves to appoint former Montville Mayor Democrat Joe Jaskiewicz to replace Murphy

UPDATE:

Gary Murphy announced his resignation as a Montville Town Councilor at the end of tonight's meeting. Murphy, Oakdale Fire Chief and corrections officer, said his doctor told him to leave the council. He did not elaborate on what illness or condition he is suffering from. 

And within a few minutes of that announcement, the council voted to appoint former Montville Mayor Democrat Joe Jaskiewicz to replace Murphy.

"I just want to thank you for hanging in there," Council president Candy Buebendorf said to Murphy. She went on to explain that Murphy had "given us a heads-up so we could find a replacement that would do a good job." 

Two people in the audience said there were other Democrats that would have been interested in serving. And one resident, Jim Andriote, said Murphy and the council handled the situation badly and should have opened the position up to other interested individuals. 

“I hope the press gives it to you for this,” Andriote said.

Jaskiewicz was not in attendance at the meeting. There was audible consternation and groans from residents seated in the chambers when it was announced that the panel would appoint a new councilor then and there. 

Councilor Billy Caron said Murphy has "served us well with quality and dignity." And Councilor Chuck Longton said he has tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to "model my behavior after (Murphy)."

This was not the only surprise from the council Monday night. Check back with Montville Patch in the morning for that story.

Original Story:

After serving as a member of the Town Council since 2007, Councilor Gary Murphy announced Monday night that he is resigning from his position.

Citing health reasons, Murphy, a Montville High School graduate and longtime chief of the Oakdale Fire Company, said it was time to step down.

The council accepted his decision at its meeting Monday night.

In his place will come a familiar face; soon after Murphy shared his decision, the council appointed former mayor Joseph Jaskiewicz.

Jaskiewicz has been part of town government for more than two decades, most recently serving as mayor, and prior to that as a member of the council, including acting as the council president.

Check back to Montville Patch for more information as it becomes available.

Jim January 15, 2013 at 02:18 AM
What a show. Political grand standing at its finest. Gary is to ill to attend a meeting once a month but can be a corrections officer and fire chief? Am I missing something? Then they appoint the ex mayor who has a active lawsuit against him from his previous admin. Asst. wow.
Howard January 15, 2013 at 02:26 AM
Section 1.208 of the charter says they can do that, I don't like it but its in the charter.
Debbie Caron January 15, 2013 at 03:13 AM
Best of luck to you Gary! You will be missed
jeanette January 15, 2013 at 03:14 AM
We loose one idiot and gain another, c'mon november get here so we can have a new council.
Brian January 15, 2013 at 04:01 AM
Too ill to go to a meeting really? So is he retiring from the state and fire department? They are much more stressful.
Julie Sheetz January 15, 2013 at 04:03 AM
SO WHAT???????
Jim Andriote Sr. January 15, 2013 at 12:13 PM
This could be the beginning of Mayor McDaniel’s end. Elect Joe to the Council, then Buebendorf resigns as Chairman, Joe becomes Chairman then McDaniel’s resigns as Mayor and Joe becomes Mayor till a special election is held. Unless the Democrats vote to override the Charter by writing an ordinance that will keep him in office. I wouldn’t put that past them. After all when you’re the outgoing council, you don’t care what you do. They didn’t seem to care what they have done for over a year now. Just my opinion.
Dave Bottigliere January 15, 2013 at 01:05 PM
If the council has known that Murphy was planning to step down, it will be interesting to know what candidates they considered for the job and what expertise they felt the council was in need of. It was an opportunity to get better, did they do a job in attempting to do that? I guess Montville voters will decide...
Howard January 15, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Jim Could be right, I would not put it past democrats. It really doesn't matter anyway, the herd of sheep that are the citizens of Montville will go with party affiliation in the next election and ignore where people stand on the issues, their backgrounds, or their conflicts of interest
Ellen Hillman January 15, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Thank you gary for serving the town of montville. I know it is a lot more than a meeting or two. It is a daily job of research phone calls and mid night emergencies. I do not feel the council did the replacement fairly to the public as they should have the right to comment on who replaces the elected seat. But this council does not care about the sheep only the vote.
Jerry Roberts January 15, 2013 at 11:25 PM
Gary, Thank you for your service to the Town of Montville serving on the council. I have known you since high school and through the fire service. During all that time I have known you to be honest, caring and wanting the best for everyone. It saddens me to read articles from some suggesting a hidden agenda or a conspiracy relating to your resignation. Your political counterparts should (to be politically correct) say although we agree to disagree we wish you well. I believe what you have had to endure while on the council subjected to unprofessional ridicule and outrageous and sometimes slanderous remarks, are causing more stress on you then your Job with the State or Chief of a fire dept. put together. So take a break for a while, you deserve it. Best wishes.
Chuck Longton January 16, 2013 at 12:44 AM
Ellen you of all people should know that there is nothing wrong with the procedure that accepted Gary's resignation and nominated Joe to fill the remainder of his term. It's exactly the same way you came into town politics so many years ago. This is not an election, it's an appointment. Because Gary is a Democrat, it is strictly a matter for the Democratic Town Committee to make. It was exactly the same way with the Republican Town Committee when you were nominated to fill the remaining term of a departing Republican councilor. You said "the public ... should have the right to comment on who replaces the elected seat." I assume you meant before the nomination? If so then that is not correct and you know it. Did the public have any say on you before the RTC asked you to fill the seat? No, they didn't because it was an internal matter for the Republican Town Committees, not an election. Per the Charter the ONLY requirement is that the replacement must be of the same party as the departing councilor and that the nominee receive a majority vote of the remaining councilors to be appointed. See C208: Vacancies for a reminder.
jeanette January 16, 2013 at 12:55 AM
Chuck I hope your not in office after this coming november. You have no clue what your talking about and honestly I don't think you ever will.
Lien holder January 16, 2013 at 02:44 AM
Chucky pay your water bill!
Owen Willis January 16, 2013 at 02:50 PM
former mayor Joseph Jaskiewicz is involved in a lawsuit from a former female employee who worked at the town hall. the court didn't throw out the part that he acted with extreme and outrageous behavior. the democrats put him back in office. they must agree that him acting agressively toward a female employee is okay.
Chuck Longton January 16, 2013 at 02:58 PM
From the Town Charter: § C208. Vacancies. If a vacancy should occur in the office of Mayor, the Chairman of the Town Council shall serve in the office during the interim until a successor to the Mayor can be decided in a special election to be held 90 to 120 days following the vacating of the office. Any vacancy in any other elective Town office from whatever cause arising shall be filled by appointment by the Town Council within 30 days for the unexpired portion of the term, or until the next biennial election at which the vacancy can be filled in accordance with Section 9-221 of the General Statutes, as amended, provided that when a person vacating the office shall have been elected as a member of a political party, such vacancy shall be filled by the appointment of a member of the same political party. When any office or position is vacated by a nonaffiliated elector, that position shall be filled with another non-affiliated elector.
Larry Poppins January 16, 2013 at 03:16 PM
the key word in what longtoon is saying is appointment. anyone who is a democrat should have the option to apply for an open council seat, the council interviews then appoints after looking at the choices. sounds to me like everything was decided behind closed doors. typical LOL!
jeanette January 16, 2013 at 04:02 PM
So chuck your telling out of all the democrats in town Jaskiewitz was the only one that was qualifed. Or are you going to say we the democrats didn't know Gary was resigning and picked Jaskiewitz out in the blue. YEAH RIGHT!!! EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU ARE CROOKED!!! and hoping this november you all are GONE!!!!!!
Chuck Longton January 16, 2013 at 04:11 PM
No, Joe Jaskiewitz was not the only qualified democrat considered. It was the decision of the Democratic Town Committee to endorse Joe's nomination to fill the remaining term. From there it went to a vote of the Council. Everything was done by the book.
Joan$ January 16, 2013 at 04:33 PM
2011-3-0059538, 2011-3-0059537
jeanette January 16, 2013 at 06:19 PM
You all need to do what gary did and resign!!!
Jim Andriote Sr. January 16, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Chuck You either have a very poor memory or the brand the Democrat put on your forehead has poisoned your brain. You were with Independence for Montville back in 2001. A position came up on the Council for a Republican seat. Alan DeCosta, was a Registered Republican running with us. He went for that seat, even though he was running with us, he was a Registered Republican. He had to fill out an Application, summit a Resume and go to a Council meeting for an Interview. The Council chose someone else at their next meeting. The point is, a precedent was set on a Procedure for choosing a replacement for a vacated seat on the Council. Out of respect to the Public and to show the Public you are not hiding something, a process should have been followed. However I’m sure the Democrats have a plan and time is running out. You are right on one thing. The person chosen to fill the vacated seat has to be of the same party. Ellen, I’m thinking you might have been the one that was chosen, if you were you know what you had to go through also.

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