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McNally Fired From WPCA

Mayor confirms that Tom McNally, a 12-year Montville employee, was fired

Tom McNally, , has been fired, according to his attorney.

"Today the Town of Montville terminated the employment of Thomas McNally as Assistant Superintendent for the Water Pollution Control Authority using the cover of a politically motivated, biased investigation conducted at the Mayor McDaniels’ request," the statement from attorney Jacques Parenteau read. 

"Commencing with the suspect placement of Mr. McNally on administrative leave with pay in close proximity to the change in political control following the November 2011 election, it is clear from the totality of the circumstances, based on interview with witnesses with actual knowledge, that the purpose of the Mayor’s investigation was to create cause to remove Mr. McNally because of his affiliation with the Republican party as the Chair of the Town Committee."

Parenteau went on to say that McNally has filed two Freedom of Information requests with the Town of Montville. McNally "intends to vindicate his rights and the harm caused to his reputation by filing actions in state and federal forums to address the violation of his First Amendment right to be free of retaliation for engaging in political activity," Parenteau stated.

"I can confirm that I did send a termination letter but since there is pending litigation, i can't say a thing more," said Mayor Ronald K. McDaniel.

The statement said that McNally will not step down from his positions as Chairman of the Republican Town Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Public Safety Commission, Secretary of the Board of Education, member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, a member of the Conservation Commission, and a member of the Historical Steering Committee. 

McNally said he had no further comment beyond the statement released by the attorney.

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Mari Jurczyk June 07, 2012 at 01:12 PM
In response to Keith Truex - I chose the wrong word when I said won; I should have said cleared his name. Sorry for that. Tom's case was dismissed on a technicality because you, Keith, claimed you were not a town employee when the incident occurred. However, a week later in an FOI case you claimed you were a town employee. It is my understanding that Tom had a good case and that he could have pursued it in state court but chose instead to stop spending money on attorney's fees, etc. The point I was trying to make was that he cleared his name which is all he ever really wanted to do. I anticipate Tom will once again be succesful in clearning his name. He is a good person who has give a lot to this town and it saddens me how we are repaying him.
Owen Willis June 07, 2012 at 01:25 PM
No, Ms. Hillman. There is no provision in the Charter regarding Judge of Probate or BOE members. Only Town Council.
Fred Infantino June 07, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Isn't the manager of the Rand Whitney Montville plant on the Democratic Town Committee? And I heard one of our paid firemen may work a side job for the Mayor's company? Lots of rumor running around, but no evidence to back up stories. So, my questions are probably meaningless since they can't be verified.
Ellen Hillman June 07, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Yes the Judge of Probate sat on the town council at the time holding two elected offices.
theinformant June 07, 2012 at 03:04 PM
I thought the Mayor sold his company? That's why I thought he was able to pay off his mortgage? If that's not true and he didn't sell his company, then he must have found another way to pay off his mortgage. It’s a good thing he did pay it off, because what he is costing this town, he won’t be in office to long. The people will be calling for his resignation. As far as the Manager of the Rand Whitney Montville plant being on the Democratic Town Committee, that's why Montvile will become Town of Rand Whithey. You can see the writing on the wall. The Town Council, and WPCA is giving away 5 million dollars. The Mayor can't make decisions and when he does it costs millions. When somebody good is finally elected, it will be to late.
Owen Willis June 07, 2012 at 03:32 PM
No again Ms. Hillman, Ron McDaniel was not on the Council when he was Judge of Probate. He was elected to the Probate after he finished his term on the Council.
Owen Willis June 07, 2012 at 03:38 PM
theinformant you have to check the Secretary of State's business listing to see that McDaniel is still listed as the owner of Common Grounds.
renee james June 07, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Kinda werid the so called mayor suspends him until investigation is completed. Outcome he was fired..How about Lt. Bunnell? Why is he not suspended? This mayor and council is the worse ever!!!!
Sam Rogers June 07, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Liz, Wow, "inform the ingorant?" Sec. 7-148t only requires recusal in the event one "knowingly has a pecuniary interest." For example, if the Council was ever in a position to determine Ms. Tanner's salary, she'd have to sit out the vote. Conversely, Sec. 7-421(e) states : Any municipal employee shall have the right to serve on any governmental body of the town in which such employee resides except any body which has responsibility for direct supervision of such employee. Notwithstanding the provisions of this subsection, (1) no such employee shall serve on any of the following unless such employee is permitted to serve pursuant to the provisions of a municipal charter or home rule ordinance or serves because of membership on the legislative body of the municipality: (A) Any board of finance created pursuant to chapter 106 or any special act or municipal charter; (B) any body exercising zoning powers pursuant to chapter 124 or any special act or municipal charter; (C) any body exercising land use powers pursuant to chapter 125a or any special act or municipal charter; (D) any body exercising planning powers pursuant to chapter 126 or any special act or municipal charter; or (E) any body regulating inland wetlands and watercourses pursuant to chapter 440 or any special act or municipal charter ... Without a Charter provision allowing it, Mr. McNally, as a "municipal" employee, was not lawfully serving on the ZBA. Of course, that's no longer a problem.
Sam Rogers June 07, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Mari, It is entirely in Mr. McNally's interest to sue the Town, regardless of whether you support him 100% or to any other degree. And, yes, I might very well be doing the same thing if I were in his shoes. But what is, frankly, not well thought out is your position that his suing the Town is somehow not against the best interest of the Town (meaning us, its citizens). It's plainly not, especially if he prevails, and I resent the idea of having to pay a court judgment. In that event, would you be willing to pay my share as well as yours? I didn't think so.
Get Real June 08, 2012 at 05:14 AM
Great statement Gary. To everyone else, Montville has been a despot due to the people, like McNally representing it for years. Politics has always been settled by people sitting next to each other on a bar stool. This has been seen time and time again. The best thing that could have been done is to get Mcnally out. Chesterfield Fire Company did it for many good reasons. Check the files. So many wrong doings, misfilings, things that should not be mentioned on a public blog. Mcnally injured two workers among other things that are never filed. Employees getting DUI's and them covered up. Mayors ruining the town with huge lawsuits. Time for Montville to have good leadership. By the way Hillman, Gary Murphy has an excellent record. Better than anyone else on the so called council. He has served longest as Cheif of any fire department in the state. That showed leadershio, more than you or anyone else in the town has ever shown. Mcnally was fired because it was coming, and it should show at trial, if it reaches there. Mcnally has been a leach on the town, services it provides, as well as anything else he and the other bar stool politicians in the town can get their hands on. It is interesting that Mcnally has been kicked out of the fire department, banned from others, fired from WPCA, and it is everyone elses fault. Wake up people. Montville is growing. Time to come out of the trees and wake up.
Mari Jurczyk June 08, 2012 at 10:16 AM
Sam - Once again, you make no sense! I actually said as a tax payer, I hoped the town had crossed it's t's and dotted it's i's!!! And, to Get Real .... I agree with Liz, stop hiding behind a fake name if you know so much and can provide accurate information to us uninformed people!
Liz June 08, 2012 at 11:24 AM
While Section 7-421does have restrictions, it also allows for an over ride by a Town Charter, which we have not gone into detail about. Speculation that No one could serve was the issue, because they can under certain rules. The focus was not only McNally but the problem with what seems like everyone holding office in Montville. Thirdly, the biggest problem I see is that the Town's attorneys, ethics commission and others in authority have "ruled" that no candidate to date has violated anything, by running for office, holding office or in their actions as they are limited were in conflict (and by the way-not only when they are voting on their own salary) with state statute. To get into the Hatch Act would take a budgetary review to determine if an Agency in the municipality had a majority funding through federal funds/grants. You can't open the door on one with out the light shining on all. Montville needs to stop the double standards based on who you are friends with. And for God's sake, find new counsel that are not paid hourly. And would any of this happen if you hadn't gotten rid of a HR Manager-who is the labor relations person with out one? And yes inform the ignorant-not stupid as YOU imply. Do you know what a pecuniary interest is, or that it applies beyond the individual to family/business interest?
montvillejive June 08, 2012 at 12:11 PM
To Get Real, One specific point you made is verifiable and true. Montville's current government is settled on a bar stool. While it says a lot about the principles of governmental officials, it also trickles down to the people who vote these politicians into office. However, I would exclude Gary Murphy from this crowd. He appears to be straight forward. So, do you have any suggestions how to break the cycle of a 'bar room government'?
Ellen Hillman June 08, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Then maybe you need to go to his profile right here on Patch. Town council till 2002 Judge of Probate 2002
Ellen Hillman June 08, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Get Real you are right Gary is a great leader. He is a great Chief and can do the job, I fear he is influence by the so called bar stool crowd and that is where my fear is. YOU are right it is time for people to come out of the trees and wake up, can anyone hear the alarm clock ringing!
montvillejive June 08, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Ms. Jurczyk, while you may feel that some of the comments are ridiculous, it does matter as to the state of mind of the Mayor. It doesn't matter which of the Mayor's we've had in the past twenty years. The unfortunate situation of Mr. McNally is a directly due to the current administration which includes the Mayor McDaniel. Remember, the current Mayor was the one who introduced the ordinance about the WPCA. The current Mayor signed Mr. McNally's contract after the current Mayor suspended Mr. McNally. The current Mayor couldn't make a decision about Mr. McNally, so the current Mayor brought it to the Inquisition, otherwise known as the Town Council. Yes, it matters if the current Mayor was thinking with a clear head when HE decided any actions about Mr. McNally. Ms. Jurczyk, the real problems are pointing straight at the current Mayor.
Ellyn Moran Santiago June 08, 2012 at 06:47 PM
In an effort to provide clarification: Michael Didato (WPCA Plant Superintendent) was charged Saturday, March 31 with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failure to signal, speeding and interfering with a police officer. His court records are statutorily sealed (often done when a defendant enters a diversionary program including alcohol education.) According to Brian Lynch, his inability to drive does not impact his job and Lynch said he is “not being driven around” by WPCA staff.
Waterford Native June 08, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Only in montville can a superintendent who supervises employees not need a drivers licensee to see what his staff is doing in the field or attend meetings or bring paperwork to town hall. Only in montville can the head of the police harass employees and illegally use a state crime computer and still keep working and only in montville can members of the council be on the council in clear violation of the charter as they collect a check from a town agency. So with all that said, why are people surprised that taxes are going up, services are going down, houses are worthless and the mayor is drinking? I say recall the last election and fix the mess before its to late. Glad I don't live in Montville or New London
In the Know June 08, 2012 at 08:55 PM
To all: there is a lot of speculation and rumors floating around this situation. As one who is been hired to mitigate several situations in Town i offer this. A private investigator has been hired by an undisclosed party. You would be shocked by the results!!
Kim June 09, 2012 at 05:37 PM
This entire situation is embarrassing to the Town. how can our elected leaders be so stupid and punish someone in this fashion? From what I read and know this if true, was his first offense hardly requiring terminating a 12 year employee. As much as I hate to pay it I hope he sues the crap out of our mayor and wins a boat load of money for all the crap they are putting him thru.
Jim Andriote Sr. June 10, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Sam Once Again you’re blowing smoke up people’s butts. This is the section that says Ms. Tanner should not be on the Council. It’s pretty cut and dry. She is paid by the town so she shouldn’t be on the council. See where it says, no Councilor shall hold any other Town office or Town employment during the term for which he was elected to the Town Council; this was cut and pasted right from the Charter, not like what you wrote to reflect what you want it to say. Look it up. § C305. Prohibitions. A. Holding other office: Except where authorized by law or otherwise specifically required by this Charter, no Councilor shall hold any other Town office or Town employment during the term for which he was elected to the Town Council, and no former Councilor shall hold any compensated appointive Town office or Town employment until one year after the expiration of the term for which he was elected to the Town Council.
Jim June 10, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Just for clarification Mike Didato has been driven around by other employees like last monday when he was driven to the monthly meeting by one of his subordinates unsure if he was being paid but will FOI it. Also staff drives him home daily althought off the clock still inaporopriate to have a supervisor have his staff bring him home. Lastly Didato does not work for lynch and he has no idea what goes on at the plant. The big question is how does a boss make such a poor decission and still alllowed to lead. Well leadership is not his strong suit.
Liz June 11, 2012 at 12:15 AM
How long has the Town and/or State Police been "investigating" allegations against Lt. Bunnell? Wasn't the sexual harrassment filed last October? And wasn't that the same time period the improper access to the criminal data base occurred? And isn't it the Mayor (Chief of Police) who said an impartial investigation could be conducted with the Lt. still on the job? And if people are serving on Town Council in defference to State statute and Town Charter, and the Town Council IS the Ethics Commission-who investigates that? Another lawyer hired by the Town? Recall the budget, recall the Town Council, recall the Mayor-have the State come in and audit this mess.
J. Lincoln June 11, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Liz, you bring up some great ideas. We have all been guilty of serious condemnation of Mayor Ronald McDaniel. I would like to point out that Brian Lynch WPCA Administrator and Tom May chairman of the WPCA are very much involved. Since the fall of 2010 both have been active in getting support to let McNally go. I believe that excessive pressure has been put on some employees of the WPCA to help these two accomplish their goal. This is not out of the realm of possibility and a State investigation would be proper since the WPCA is applying for a five million dollar grant to be given to Rand Whitney.
J. Lincoln June 11, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Liz, your point about a state investigation is appropriate. Beside McDaniel handling this in a inappropriate manner there two other individuals who must bare responsibility. As reported on the pages of this publications this has been brewing since the fall of 2010. Tim May, WPCA Bd. Chairman approached a Town Councilor and asked for his help to get rid of McNally. Brian Lynch has on numerous occasions spoken to people to support the effort. He would have had to be involved with the request to hire an attorney to investigate back in 2010. It has take 1 1/2 years to accomplish the mission. It's obvious these two are also involved.
Ellen Hillman June 11, 2012 at 09:24 PM
The question is not if it interferes with his job but is it a violation of his job contract and the answer to that is yes. He must possess a valid driver's licence according to his employment contract
James June 12, 2012 at 11:14 AM
I agree this town needs state or federal oversight. Our ejected leaders are not capable of running the town. Way too much corruption for a small town.
Miguel June 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Thank you Patch for allowing my comment to be posted. Although I find it suspicious that my opposing views are being censored. People in Montville really need to know more about who this individual is capable of doing."
C.C. June 14, 2012 at 11:04 AM
W.N. Seriously..Are you that out of touch..??.. after a DUI, Special Operator's Permits to drive to work or attend classes or examinations at accredited institutions of higher education are authorized in accordance with Connecticut State Law Title 14 Sec. 14-37a (Amended 2010) and defined in the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies in Sec.14-37a. Its NOT JAIL for six months !!

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