SOUTHINGTON - The Town Council appointed Mark Sciota as interim town manager as well as Carolyn Futtner as the town’s first female town attorney and Paul Beddard as assistant town attorney at Monday’s meeting.
Town Council Chair Chris Palmieri explained that Sciota had been chosen to succeed Garry Brumback as town manager previously. However, his contract would not take effect until Feb. 1 and Brumback had already left town to return to Florida. Thus, he would be appointed to the interim position until February.
“Mark is a lifelong resident, a lawyer of three decades, an attorney since 1999 and deputy town manager since 2006,” said Councilor Dawn Miceli.
The vote to approve Sciota was unanimous.
The next attorney will not also be deputy town manager, Palmieri explained. They will work as needed for the town at a rate of $150 per hour. They will not receive town benefits and will remain with their private practice. Sciota said that $150 an hour is a reasonable rate for an attorney.
Palmieri then explained how the town attorney requires five years of experience as a practicing attorney. He noted that the selection not only met those requirements but even met the 10-year requirement for attorney general for the state of Connecticut.
He noted that the nominee had met with Sciota to understand her position and her expectations.
Councilor Kelly Morrissey introduced and nominated Carolyn Futtner, who had recently run as a Democratic candidate for Town Council. She had been practicing with Mancini, Provenzano and Futtner, LLC for 12 years and had experience in numerous legal areas.
Morrissey said Futtner was “experienced and a perfect fit for the position.”
Republican Councilors Tom Lombardi and William Dziedzic both expressed dismay that they had no idea Futtner would be the selection for town attorney until this moment. Both chastised the Democratic council members for claiming they would be transparent. However, both said Futtner was great for the position and that they would support her.
Futtner was approved unanimously and stood up to embrace each council member and receive her town pin.
“This is a historic moment as Ms. Futtner is our first female town attorney,” noted Palmieri.
Councilor Chris Poulos then introduced and nominated Paul Beddard, for the assistant town attorney position. He is a trained mediator and has been with Sheffy, Mazzaccaro, DePaolo & DeNigris since 2012. He joined the Bar Association in 2011.
“He has also served on the town’s zoning board and is the vice president of the board of directors for the local YMCA,” noted Poulos.
Beddard was also approved unanimously to the position.
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