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Maturo: Volunteers Needed In Search for New Police Chief

East Haven has begun the process of hiring a new permanent police chief, and the Mayor's Office is looking for 10 residents to help guide the town's search.

The following is a press release submitted by the the .

Mayor Joseph Maturo, Jr. announced today that the Town of East Haven is searching for ten residents to help in the .

Maturo explained, "As part of the search for a new chief, the company retained by the Town is revising the job description for the position. The company is looking for input on creating this new job description from community stakeholders, including businesses, community leaders, and residents."

The Town has already compiled a list of well-known community volunteers and ex-officials. However, Maturo indicated that the Town wishes to give anyone in Town the chance to contribute.

Maturo explained, "We're already planning to tap certain individuals who we believe can uniquely contribute to the cause. However, we want to give the people of East Haven a direct say in this stage of the search. As a result, the Town will be choosing ten residents, from those who apply, to participate in this stage in the search."

The Town is asking that individuals interested in serving submit their names, addresses, phone numbers and emails to the Mayor’s office by June 26, 2012 at noon. Submissions will be accepted via regular mail and by hand-delivery.  Names will be drawn, at random, at 12:05 p.m. on June 26, 2012 in the Mayor’s office common area.

Maturo concluded, "Citizen input is important in this and all stages of this process. I encourage anyone interested in the safety of our Community to submit his or her name to participate in this important stage of the search."

Gee this is a great idea by the Mayor to include the residents in this decisions seems I've heard it somewhere before....Hmmmm.....Oh that's right I said it 5 days ago here on Patch: 10:52 am on Friday, June 15, 2012 In the best interest of the community I hope that the Board of Police Commisioners has plenty of input into this decison and that the residents of East Haven are included in the screening process perhaps in a public meeting setting that allows the residents to ask questions of the candidates after all it is the candidates that will paying the new chiefs salary.
Bob Fawkes June 20, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Looks like another politically expedient Maturo Dog and Pony show. Announced via "Press Release" where the marble mouthed one can't be asked an unscripted question or two by the press. Joe's handlers sure learned their lesson after that Taco fiasco. Suggestions will be given, pondered over, but they will select whom ever they feel will be the best "Yes" man for the job. It's a shame that we have to go through all of this in the first place as the acting police chief seems to be responsive to the community at large and is quietly getting things in order. Once the permanent Police Chief is hired, will Maturo have the balls to face reporter's questions and provide coherent logical answers or will we get another press release? For what it's worth, I entered my name into this on the slim chance I might have some say in the matter. Won't it be something if Gene Ruocco's name were pulled, or Patty Cofrancesco's or Fred Brow's or Robert Hoff's? I can see Joe's face turning beet red right there in the Mayor’s office common area. LOL
Flowers June 20, 2012 at 01:45 PM
I think this move is due to either lack of confidence in the Board of Police Commissioners or is an attempt to deflect any future political criticism over the ultimate choice. The existing mechanism should be sufficient to locate a competent Police Chief.
Beth June 20, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Do you think the "name pulling" will be done in public? I think NOT!
Doreen Boudreau Hausler June 20, 2012 at 06:22 PM
The press release above states that the name drawing will be done in the "Mayor's office common area". I believe that means open to public.
ASmith June 21, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Seems like a slap in the face to the police commission and the chairman of that there board....would think any search committee would be the police commsssion chairman, the mayor, legal advisor, a rep from the business community, and a rep of the citizenry, with some police background. Too many cooks spoil the soup. How ya gonna get all these folks with no pd background to agree? what if all theys do is disagree. can o worms for sure. and that hat they is a pullin all the names out of. Miss Julie or someone in the press that is not involved in the admin, should oversee the process to make sure the hat is not stacked, so to speak. im sure there is lots of folks they dont want to pull out that hat.
ASmith June 21, 2012 at 11:05 AM
Hey, maybe all of ole joes future opponnets will be puttin their names in that hat. so far from what I hear theres ten folks lookin at that job. seems we gots lots more interest from regular folks that wanna be mayor than ever before. legacy the lady left behind. showed folks that young, old, male, female, democracy is open to all. sure hope we gets ourselves, a three way race. would like to see another lady run, and someone from the latino community.
I would support a Female Latino resident for Mayor.
Anthony M June 21, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Gene "josey wales" i bet he would like to win. I see you and your April cohorts are still at it with your mud slinging. Give it up already, people are tired of your BS
Ann Della Camera June 22, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Since I have been quiet on this subjest, I have one thing to say. Hopefully those who apply to be one of the ten to help, will have police knowledge and and be able to investagate as to past perfprmances before a true choice can be made. Said my piece>
Luigi (the original) June 22, 2012 at 09:34 AM
Yeah, Robert would support a bi-racial, transgendered, bi-sexual, dwarf with dysentery, epilepsy, scurvy and pyorrhea, so long as it was a democrat. Right Einstein? Now tell me WHO CARES..........
Yes Ann I agree with you on that they should be qualified and politics should not enter into who the people selected are.
Dan McCann June 22, 2012 at 04:47 PM
@Robert Hoff....We discover who Josey Wales is and truthfully I'd rather have him back on the Patch rather than reading your partisan BS. At least Josey had some class. Hopefully Luigi is a forgiving person and Luigi...Just FYI....Hoff amongst other Democrats have been pouring into the PD trying to lay claims of threats on the Patch. He's trying to get you to make threats so they can find out who you are.... Hint....Robert you will never ever be like me so dont try to step in my shoes. There's only one me.....
Dan, I find it funny Dan McCann that on: Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 6:47 pm You posted the following: "Robert hoff is someone who wishes he was someone thats why he questions everyone. Ignore him" Yet Dan you cannot even practice what you preach......Because here we are on June 22,2012 and lo and behold "The Blah Blah Man" strikes again. Good thing Summers here Dan because it appears your doing your fair share of flip flopping. As for wanting to be like you hell why would I want to be like something that only Preperation H can take care?....East Haven is a very lucky place there is only one of you for the rest of the residents seem to want to work towards making East Haven the best it can be...AS for my level of class Dan I would hve to lower my standards and become an unproductive third rate Jabronie in order to be at your level and that is something I refuse to do. As for your statement of Partisan BS...Mr Blah Blah....I have supported the efforts of several Republicans here on Patch so that would make that BiPartisan so go home get yourself a dictionary and when your intelligence level improves Dan then we'll have a productive conversation here on Patch from which everyone can mutually benefit from.
Dan McCann June 22, 2012 at 11:21 PM
@Robert Hoff.....Hysterical....Once Again you prove my point. Hurling insults is your only weapon but it also displays your low intellegence level. Do you realize everyone laughs not with you but at you? I mean I'm still trying to understand the time you came up to me, yes you came to me trying to envoke your rationale at a Town Council Meeting where you questioned a process in their procedure. I tried to advise you NOT to say anything but you had foot and mouth disease. You made a fool of yourself and continue here on these boards. So if I am such the "unproductive third rate Jabronie" why do you come crying to me for advise? Not once but twice. So sad that Josey plays you for the stooge.... As for the Blah Blah nickname only a certain few are permited to call me that. You are not one of them....
Blah Blah Man, So now your resorting to creating stories to make yourself look good and appear rational here on Patch?....I believe the word you are struggling to correctly use is Advice not Advise but I don't remember such an event taking place. Blah Blah Man you'd be surprised just whom I know who knows your history. Blah Blah Man trying to create stories to make yourself look good on the patch and then attempting to drag others in on it you have truly sunken to a new low even for you Blah Blah Man. As I stated previously so go home get yourself a dictionary and when your intelligence level improves Dan then we'll have a productive conversation here on Patch from which everyone can mutually benefit from.
Dan McCann June 22, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Truly a fool....Again, you can't be me. I have a distinct following. I expose the liars and the fools. I tell no untruths maybe you were too wrapped up in yourself to remember but I certainly remember you. I felt pity for your that evening. If you like we can go to ETV to replay the tapes. I am proud of my History here in East Haven. I need no one to make me feel significant my articles do that. I provide a service for this Town you could only wish to accomplish. Now go away you pitied fool...I however will not fall for your trap which I know you are trying to create. You're not man enough. Glub Glub Glum into the muck of ignorance....Everyone ignore him....Personal attacks come when he loses or is EXPOSED....Tell Josey I said hello....LOL!
Rosie June 23, 2012 at 01:45 AM
I'm laughing now as I read this. Mr. McCann, you have way to much class to even respond to this joker. He is nothing but a fool, and a lonely little man with way to much time on his hands. Oh, that's right, he is playing the system...I mean unemployed due to a "disability", so he has nothing to do all day but try and provoke others. Let's not play his little game...I for one have stopped even giving his blogs a passing glance. But I sure do miss yours! Have a good weekend!
Richard Poulton June 23, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Just a little FYI. By Charter, the appointing of a Chief falls to the office of the mayor. The B of PC by Charter has no say in this choise. Having said that, there are good national organizations, groups, associations that cities/town have used to conduct a search. The mayor is using one. They will do the first gathering of names, maybe do first interviews, etc. Filter out those that don't qualify, send a list to the mayor. From there on more interviews and back grounds are done breaking down the list futher to a final group from which the chief is picked. Whomever is picked, should have at least 10 years in a supervisory/mangement position at a rank of LT or higher, have gone to the FBI acadamy designed to teach high ranking officers "best" managment procedures in running a department, etc. But most all the background should detail personality traits by interviewing those supervised or managed as to see how he/she interacted with those lower level officers. Up until the 90's New Haven picked a chief from high level ranking officers. Men like Ben DiLieto and Bill Farrell were the type of chiefs officers would take a bullet for if you know what I mean. Great Chiefs. I don't know what good there will be in having civilians involved in any interview. Most if not all will have no knowledge of law enforcement other then any involvment in a MV stop or other investigation that maybe of a negitive thinking. Those picked may not even know what to ask a potential chief.
So Richard your disagreeing with the route that the Mayor is taking in this case?
Doreen Boudreau Hausler June 23, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Mr. Poulton, I disagree. I think allowing citizens to be part of this process is a good thing. For one thing, it will assist in keeping the process open and fully disclosed, thereby eliminating the potential for questioning the methods and practices involved down the road. Also, I have faith that many citizens are perfectly capable of vetting potential candidates for the position. Many people in town have had experience, for instance, interviewing job prospects in a variety of fields. I don't think it's necessary for one to have a law enforcement background, to have the best interests of our community in mind, while serving in this capacity. However, I would hope that some prep material would be handed out to whomever fills these roles, in order to assist them in making a solid choice. I do think many of us are capable of reading a resume and determining who might be a good candidate for chief. After all, it's our community who this person will be working for. This is a positive thing. Not a negative thing. And, I'm very hopeful that some people with management backgrounds from a variety of fields will submit their names to help be part of this process.
Richard Poulton June 23, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Again you high lite one section of my comment to put your political spin on what I said. No I don't believe civilians from the general population should have the last say in picking a chief. Yes they should be involved in certain ways, but like I said there is a professional service being used to help in the search. These people are highly trained in conducting these searches. It still comes down to how a mayor feels about the character of his choise for chief, and his pick is suited for this department. It's the mayors choise after getting all the input of the candidates available. Doreen you are correct in what you said in your last paragraph. But picking the names out of a hat is not the way to go. So Hoff you can spin that any way you want.
Richard, You said it I merely just questioned it. If you are so sensitive about what you post being questioned then perhaps you might want to think twice before posting? By the way Richard the proper spelling of choise is choice and just to get this correct you disagree with the mayors method?
Richard Poulton June 24, 2012 at 12:20 PM
WOW, I spelled a word wrong! For shame for shame. Let me put this in terms you may understand, but I don't think you will anyway. Lets say be it a local, state, or federal group that is going to pick that one person to run ADA. NOT ONE of these people have any clue what it is like to fall under ADA, or even know someone with a disability but they will do the picking of the new ADA leader. How is that a fair group to make such a choice? I don't think so. You would be screaming all over this town if that was to happen. And just in case you are interested I do disagree with what the Mayor has done in the past, just like I have agreed with April in some of her positions. Oh and BOB, talk about posting, you should give the Shoreline Courier a break in your continual editorials of meaningless anti-Maturo administration stories.
Becki Pastor June 24, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Once again something that I have been asking of Mayor Maturo is sunk into childishness. As you all know I am not Mr. Maturo's #1 fan,but this is a terrific move forward in building community and healing some major rifts that have occurred, regardless of your opinions as to whether these rifts have occurred or not....they exist and this is a great way to start to heal them. I suggest that if you vehemently disagree with Mr. Maturo's politics and choices also be prepared to acknowledge when he makes some decisions that enhance the community and open the door to transparency. It is easy to sit back and criticize and politicize everything Mr. Maturo does. What is harder is to embrace the things he does that really are in the best interest of the community. If we don't let go of our pre-conceived notions about each other and continue to simply point fingers and badmouth those with whom we disagree nothing gets solved and send a horrible message to our children. Shame on those who continue to perpetuate this nonsense. I for one am excited at the possibility that we, as a community can help the Mayor accomplish something for the town. I am also going to put my money where my mouth is and enter my name. That said, stick to the topics and stop the sniping. All it does is make you look foolish and perpetuate a terrible reputation we do not deserve as a town.
Becki,I have also put my money where my mouth is and submitted my name on Date:Thu, Jun 21, 2012 6:54 pm.
Julie Weisberg (Editor) June 24, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Everyone: Comments on this article thread will now be pre-approved. Posts that are significantly off-topic, direct personal attacks on other readers and/or do not adhere to our terms of use (http://easthaven.patch.com/terms) will be rejected.
Just thought I would let everyone know that my name was selected today as one of the 10 residents to participate in this progress.
Julie Weisberg (Editor) June 26, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Everyone: Just posted an update with video of Mayor Maturo pulling the names from the hat earlier this afternoon. You can find that here http://patch.com/A-v6vq. Also, I'll have additional video posted later today of comments the mayor made regarding the town's ongoing negotiations with U.S. Justice Department. Just an FYI.

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