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UPDATE: Gary Murphy Resigns From Town Council; Cites Doctor's Orders

Council then swiftly moves to appoint former Montville Mayor Democrat Joe Jaskiewicz to replace Murphy

UPDATE:

Gary Murphy announced his resignation as a Montville Town Councilor at the end of tonight's meeting. Murphy, Oakdale Fire Chief and corrections officer, said his doctor told him to leave the council. He did not elaborate on what illness or condition he is suffering from. 

And within a few minutes of that announcement, the council voted to appoint former Montville Mayor Democrat Joe Jaskiewicz to replace Murphy.

"I just want to thank you for hanging in there," Council president Candy Buebendorf said to Murphy. She went on to explain that Murphy had "given us a heads-up so we could find a replacement that would do a good job." 

Two people in the audience said there were other Democrats that would have been interested in serving. And one resident, Jim Andriote, said Murphy and the council handled the situation badly and should have opened the position up to other interested individuals. 

“I hope the press gives it to you for this,” Andriote said.

Jaskiewicz was not in attendance at the meeting. There was audible consternation and groans from residents seated in the chambers when it was announced that the panel would appoint a new councilor then and there. 

Councilor Billy Caron said Murphy has "served us well with quality and dignity." And Councilor Chuck Longton said he has tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to "model my behavior after (Murphy)."

This was not the only surprise from the council Monday night. Check back with Montville Patch in the morning for that story.

Original Story:

After serving as a member of the Town Council since 2007, Councilor Gary Murphy announced Monday night that he is resigning from his position.

Citing health reasons, Murphy, a Montville High School graduate and longtime chief of the Oakdale Fire Company, said it was time to step down.

The council accepted his decision at its meeting Monday night.

In his place will come a familiar face; soon after Murphy shared his decision, the council appointed former mayor Joseph Jaskiewicz.

Jaskiewicz has been part of town government for more than two decades, most recently serving as mayor, and prior to that as a member of the council, including acting as the council president.

Check back to Montville Patch for more information as it becomes available.

jeanette January 16, 2013 at 04:02 PM
So chuck your telling out of all the democrats in town Jaskiewitz was the only one that was qualifed. Or are you going to say we the democrats didn't know Gary was resigning and picked Jaskiewitz out in the blue. YEAH RIGHT!!! EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU ARE CROOKED!!! and hoping this november you all are GONE!!!!!!
Chuck Longton January 16, 2013 at 04:11 PM
No, Joe Jaskiewitz was not the only qualified democrat considered. It was the decision of the Democratic Town Committee to endorse Joe's nomination to fill the remaining term. From there it went to a vote of the Council. Everything was done by the book.
Joan$ January 16, 2013 at 04:33 PM
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jeanette January 16, 2013 at 06:19 PM
You all need to do what gary did and resign!!!
Jim Andriote Sr. January 16, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Chuck You either have a very poor memory or the brand the Democrat put on your forehead has poisoned your brain. You were with Independence for Montville back in 2001. A position came up on the Council for a Republican seat. Alan DeCosta, was a Registered Republican running with us. He went for that seat, even though he was running with us, he was a Registered Republican. He had to fill out an Application, summit a Resume and go to a Council meeting for an Interview. The Council chose someone else at their next meeting. The point is, a precedent was set on a Procedure for choosing a replacement for a vacated seat on the Council. Out of respect to the Public and to show the Public you are not hiding something, a process should have been followed. However I’m sure the Democrats have a plan and time is running out. You are right on one thing. The person chosen to fill the vacated seat has to be of the same party. Ellen, I’m thinking you might have been the one that was chosen, if you were you know what you had to go through also.

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