Check out the Register’s editorial in today’s paper! It echoes the points I made in my post “What Rules?” back on June 1. The Register says:
West Haven Mayor John M. Picard should have been paying more attention when the City Council passed a resolution in 2007 barring him from midterm pay raises and being compensated for educational expenses. . . Picard and the City Hall officials who signed off on the pay raise and educational reimbursement should have known better.
Well guess what! They did know better. Mayor Picard lied when he was quoted in the Register about his educational reimbursements, “It goes back to the council, when they changed the resolution, so I was unaware of it.” Baloney! Not only was he aware of it, he instigated the changes! According to former City Council member Ed O’Brien, “Picard was so incensed over Mayor Borer having received educational reimbursements that he asked the City Council to approve a resolution that limited the benefits for elected officials.” If you read the full memo “Resolution concerning Fringe Benefits for Non-union Employees,” you will see that Mayor John M. Picard, Corporation Counsel, Personnel Director and City Clerk are all cc’d, so all should have known of the changes.
Mayor Picard is supposed to pay back the $6,000 by the end of this month. I know many residents will be very interested to know if he does so or not. I also know many feel he should pay back the full amount with interest. Why should he get an interest-free loan on the backs of the taxpayers?
Things like this tend to happen when politicians get too comfortable in their positions. It never ceases to amaze me when politicians do underhanded things and then think that no one will ever find out. When politics are as contentious as they are in West Haven, you would have to be a fool or delusional to try to get away with anything.
Read the Register’s letter here: http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2012/06/13/opinion/doc4fd7e4a9ad98c577290590.txt