To the editor,
In response to the Dec. 19 opinion letter penned by Former First Selectman Susan Cable.
As I read the letter, I was very disappointed about how Ms. Cable spoke of her withdrawn application to the position of Beacon Falls Economic Development coordinator, with a salary of $10,000. She attributes the fact that it was not offered to her to partisanship. As chairman of the Republican Town Committee, I knew this claim could not stand unchallenged.
From the Dec. 5 Citizens News article quoting EDC (Economic Development Commission) Chairman Jeremy Rodorigo, “I think this position is important. It’s a big step in bringing Beacon Falls to where it needs to be in terms of economic development. For $10,000, the pool of applicants won’t be wide.”
He was accurate; two people applied, and the decision was made to table the position for now, offering it at a later date, when more people will be aware of it, the hope being a better qualified candidate will come forward. (This scenario has precedent.) This information is also available in the Nov. 10 Board of Selectman’s meeting minutes and the Nov. 24 EDC monthly meeting minutes.
I do not know what former Democratic First Selectman Susan Cable is referring to when
she says it was a partisan decision; her selection was not supported by her own party. If she wants to make accusations based on party affiliation citing “anonymous” bloggers, she should realize that “anonymous” can belong to either party.
If Susan Cable has the town’s best interests and not her own financial gain in mind, she can attend EDC meetings, without an official title or salary, and offer her expertise as a volunteer.
Katheryn E. Brown-Brierley
Chair, Beacon Falls Republican Town Committee