City Council President Tom McCarthy told CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart the Ganim administration is “making personnel decisions that are highly concerning, and I fear that the city may be dealing with significant legal issues down the road.” Big Mac has experience in this area, he did the same thing on Mayor Bill Finch’s behalf when he was deputy director of Labor Relations: terminations of city employees who did not toe the administration line that led to incalculable legal payouts such as Civil Service Personnel Director Ralph Jacobs, Health Director Marian Evans and others. Tom White was conveniently terminated as well, whited out of the budget by McCarthy as legislative liaison to the City Council, he asserts, for speaking out. He has a federal lawsuit pending.
Many city employees ousted by Finch/McCarthy hired former Mayor Tom Bucci, a labor attorney specialist, to represent them. Bucci deposed McCarthy under oath regarding White’s lawsuit. Ironically, McCarthy hired Bucci to represent his interests to negotiate an exit package after Ganim’s election. Ganim, following a campaign pledge, said he wanted to eliminate the conflicts of city employees serving on the City Council.
McCarthy has discovered checks and balances religion now that he’s no longer on the city payroll. White shares his thoughts about McCarthy’s hypocrisy.
Most recently, the Connecticut Post reported that Health and Social Services Director, Kristin duBay Horton, had been laid off and hired an attorney to sort out the details of what the CT Post referred to as “confusing personnel issues in Ganim’s City Hall.”
This and other dismissals will likely be decided in court.
What caught my attention in this report of duBay Horton’s layoff, was a comment by City Council President Thomas McCarthy where he said “I see them making personnel decisions that are highly concerning, and I fear that the city may be dealing with significant legal issues down the road.”
McCarthy went on to say “I hope that in this quest to save money they don’t end up costing the city more money.”
Well, isn’t that special.
Back in 2012 McCarthy orchestrated my ‘layoff.’ My complaint in Federal court has demonstrated what a phony McCarthy is. Under oath in a deposition he claimed my ‘layoff’ was for economic reasons. When asked how many city employees were laid off due to the budget cuts he could not recall. Court records show that I was the only person to lose their job due to action by the city council.
McCarthy also hired a replacement for me for a position the city council funded in the city clerk’s office. This person reports to McCarthy as testified by the incumbent and assistant city clerk under oath in a deposition. Discovery for my case revealed that McCarthy orchestrated an illegal termination under the guise of an economic layoff.
Most of my case is about interpretation of case law. I was terminated because I made McCarthy and others on the city council uncomfortable with my stating concerns about possible under-reporting of stipend benefits and questionable use of their stipends as well as issues of conflict of interest. My position as their staff person whose job it was to advise them on non-legal matters required me to caution them, mostly through communications to McCarthy. There is much more detail to my case, revealing that I appealed to council members as an individual for them to do the right thing, beyond the role of my position.
So now McCarthy is concerned about the Ganim administration creating a situation where the “city may be dealing with significant legal issues down the road.” My case is before a judge in Federal District Court for a decision. Whatever that decision is, it will come with a cost to city taxpayers thanks to McCarthy.