May 28, 2009

Kilbourne bows out; lawyers remain hot issue

I'll have more on this later, but the deal that Mayor Art Ward and the City Council generally agreed to support -- hiring two former city attorneys to replace two lawyers who are resigning a month's end -- appears to be dead.
Dean Kilbourne, a former city attorney, told Ward he can't take the part-time position because of family responsibilities, according to the mayor.
Ward still wants to pursue hiring another former city attorney, Edward Krawiecki, Jr, to take a part-time assistant city attorney slot. He said the city needs the continuity and experience Krawiecki offers.
But it's not clear the Democratic-controlled council will back Krawiecki without Kilbourne taking the top attorney post.
While officials scramble to work something out, Ward said he plans to advertise the city attorney's job to see who might be interested in the $33,00-a-year position.
I'd take it, except what I know about the law mostly is that reading legal decisions can put any sane person to sleep in no time. And, of course, I'm not an attorney, though I came frighteningly close to being one once upon a time.

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40 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Frighteningly close"? Geez, Steve, stop the hatin'!

Anonymous said...

Ward couldn't stand Krawicki - why the turn around? Wasn't it Ward who kept bringing up the issue of a state fine Krawicki got slapped with? Now he wants to hire him? Moving Bristol Backwards if you ask me.

Anonymous said...

Guess Zoppo is still pulling her puppets strings and sticking it to Ward!

Tom B. said...

Maybe if it didn't pay $33000 a year with no benefits, they'd have more luck attracting qualified attorneys.

Anonymous said...

I wonder who Ward is talking to if he can't get his own party to vote for something he wants. We all know Cockayne and Ward don't see eye to eye much. Not even Nicastro will vote his way. Perhaps Ward shouldn't have burned so many bridges!
Atleast Ward has Rimcouski in his corner. He just needs to wake Rimcouski and tell him what why to vote.

Anonymous said...

This is great news!

Mr. Kilbourne is one of my attorney's, and I don't want to share him with the entire City of Bristol again.

Besides, Attorney Kilbourne is very selective when it comes to who he's willing to work with. Think about it, would any of you willingly work with Mayor Back-Ward for a few thousand dollars? Maybe for a few million!

Smart decision Dean!

Anonymous said...

My respect for Kilbourne just increased tremendously!

Anonymous said...

Bring back Kosta!

Anonymous said...

Ah, the best laid plans of mice and rats are often put asunder.

Anonymous said...

Whew!
Baldwin is safe for awhile.

Anonymous said...

I truly wish the Mayor and Council could have worked things out with Dale Clift. I know Dale and am sure he gave 200%! He is a gentleman, cares about Bristol and is a consummate lawyer.
Possibly if that third position had been filled all along, the work load would have been fairer and we wouldn't be in this position. Remember it is only a part time job - how many hours per week did they get from Dale? I am sure more than what was thought of for the $33k!

Anonymous said...

Maybe Ellen is thinking of running?

Anonymous said...

Maybe Kilbourne remembers Ward sticking it to him two years ago!

Maybe others are starting to se the real Art Ward.

I hope so.

Anonymous said...

Did Allen Marko convince these guys to quit their legal professions and become a teacher (which pays about half as much) like he did?

Anonymous said...

Ed gets municipal benefits already through his wife Sharon, who is city treasurer. That's probably why Kilbourne won't take the job, Ed has a sweeter deal.

Anonymous said...

Ed's wife is Republcan Registrar of Voters not City Treasurer you idiot.

Don't shoot off you mouth without knowing what ur taking about.

Anonymous said...

Ward couldn't work with the last council, Ward couldn't get work with the last mayor (stortz), Ward can't work with this council.

Who can he work with?

No wonder he isn't getting anything done except move us BACKWARD.

Anonymous said...

Where is the leadership?

Anonymous said...

"While officials scramble to work something out, Ward said he plans to advertise the city attorney's job to see who might be interested in the $33,00-a-year position."

So who woke up Art and told him to advertise the position? He got Clift's resignation letter three weeks ago...what was he waiting for?

Anonymous said...

"Ward couldn't work with the last council, Ward couldn't get work with the last mayor (stortz), Ward can't work with this council."
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Hmmmm...let's see. Ward couldn't work with the last council(because several were lap dogs who answered to a higher authority). Ward couldn't work with Stortz (who knew Ward was a force to be reckoned with)...and WRONG...Ward and the council DID come to an agreement, but Kilbourne bowed out. Hopefully, more candidates for the position will surface and the most qualified candidates will be hired...moving Bristol for-WARD.

Anonymous said...

The real Ward is coming out - real loser. He burns people, maske promises he can't keep, runs off at the mouth and he expects the same people to back him?

Anonymous said...

8:43AM,

The real Ward is already out (has been for quite some time). He "maske promises" (freudian slip?). He's not the one hiding behind the anonymous mask while spewing garbage and running off at the mouth...that'd be you.

Anonymous said...

Thank God that Kilbourne quit before he started. Hire Krawiecki, he's one attorney that Steve won't have to worry about getting "frighteningly close" to.

Ward is on the right track. You have to realize that all the Council members have their own agendas, and when they disagree with the Mayor there might be some hard feelings. Also, Zoppo may be pulling strings from wherever she landed. But do you really want the Mayor and Council to agree on everything all the time, like they do in Terryville? They have an ongoing audit (should have been finished last fall) with $410,000 missing and no one says a word. Be thankful that here our elected officials dare to disagree.

Anonymous said...

The only one Ward got along with was Rosenthal: two losers!

Anonymous said...

@ May 29, 2009 7:55 AM

Looks like Mayor Back-WARD is following this blog.

Hey Arty, get to work!

Anonymous said...

Ward is going to advertise: don't local attorneys read the paper?

Is he going to advertise out of town? One out of towner is enough.

Anonymous said...

9:39 big surprise here - WRONG AGAIN!!!

Anonymous said...

I'd much rather have Ward blogging: less damage that way.

Anonymous said...

@ May 29, 2009 11:04 AM

Sorry, my mistake.

Hey Petosa, get to work!

Anonymous said...

Maybe Ward is going to drag his feet on this one like he is all the other unfilled positions.

Billy

Anonymous said...

Petosa is another Ward Boy.

Anonymous said...

12:36 - Sounds like "mistake" should be your middle name.

Anonymous said...

Artie, you can't stick it to someone and then expect them to come back for more!

Anonymous said...

7:55 Poster,

The agreement wasn't brought up by Ward. It was brought to him by the council. At that time Ward did what he alway's does, and took the idea as his own. Perhaps if he as a true leader he would have had things in the works instead of running with the council ideas.

Perfect example......Block suggested 3% cut in pay. Ward votes NO. However 2 months later says the council and mayor must take a 5% cut. Sounds like true leadership. Lets see what others do, then say it was mine.

Ward...Moving Bristol Back-Ward!

Anonymous said...

Rimcouski is waiting for Ward to tell him what to do. When your ready Ward wake him.

Anonymous said...

Steve,

Where is loud mouth Cockayne on this issue? I'm surprised he isn't hammering Ward right now.

Is he sitting back waiting for his run for Mayor? It has been heard he has put together a campaign Mayorial team. Is this true?

Anonymous said...

Kosta #1 choice:
Democrat
Experience
Contacts in Hartford
Always next door at court House.

What is the delay?

Anonymous said...

9:36

Why isn't the Republican leadership hammering Ward? There are numerous issues where they could have a field day.

What are they waiting for?

No wonder they can't get any candidates!

Anonymous said...

If Ward appoints Kosta for Corp Counsel, he will lose the next election. Ward isn't that stupid.

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