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New Trumbull Ethics Panel Gets its First Test

A Trumbull official or employee is accused in an ethics complaint of failing to conduct him or herself "with propriety" and failing to "discharge ... duties impartially and fairly."

According to Jan. 23 minutes from the Ethics Commission, in the first complaint filed this year, the complainant cites Section III (b) (3), which also says town officials must "make continuing efforts toward attaining and maintaining the highest standards of performance."

Specific details are unavailable because the Ethics Commission must first reach a finding on the matter. If the commission does not uphold the complaint, it remains confidential.

It's the first test of the new members of the Ethics Commission: Pastor Joseph Piccirillo, former federal prosecutor William Brown; and Robert Miller, a former Bridgeport police officer.

The commission's next meeting is Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.

In 2013, First Selectman Tim Herbst criticized the Ethics Commission for not upholding a complaint about the cost of snow removal filed by Town Internal Auditor James Henderson.

Officials cited in that complaint included former school Superintendent Ralph Iassogna; several then-school board members; Facilities Manager Al Barbarotta; and a volunteer on the Trumbull High School Building Committee.

In his third inaugural speech in December 2013, Herbst recommended the new members and called for a revision of the town Ethics Code.
Thomas Tesoro January 28, 2014 at 03:12 PM
The origial ethics complaints against the former Superintendant, a Board of Ed Member and the Town Employee were unanimously dismissed, the other by a two to one vote. I believe the taxpayers ended up paying for the legal fees of those falsely accused. I applaud the outgoing Commission for not bowing to political pressure. If Herbst and the Trumbull Republican Town Committee think that their new appointees will do anything less than the previous Commission they are sadly mistaken. Levying ethics charges is serious business. How embarassing it must be to be a Trumbull Republican watching friends and neighbors being hauled before the Commission. This behavior by the Republicans will only serve to chill dissent and in my opinion that is the real purpose. When will the Republicans with integrity and there are many, stand up to this.
Kathleen McGannon January 29, 2014 at 05:07 PM
Uh-oh. Someone must have upset the Royal Family again. I wonder who they are trying to silence/fire now.
Carol Hudak January 31, 2014 at 05:22 PM
Does stating that town employees/officials must "make continuing efforts towards attaining and maintaining the highest standards of performance" include the possible tampering with a private citizen's mail by employees/officials of the town? Maybe the Ethics Commission can better answer that question.
Carol Hudak January 31, 2014 at 05:30 PM
Does 'make continuing efforts towards attaining and maintaining the highest standards of performance' include the alleged tampering with a private citizen's mail, by employees/officials of the town?? Perhaps the Ethics Commission should be asked that question.

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