Chapter 12 - Transition & Miscellaneous Provisions

Section 12-1 - Removals

  1. Except as otherwise provided in this Charter and as provided by the provisions of section 7-278 of the General Statutes as amended, any appointive officer or employee or appointive member of a board or commission may be removed by the authority which appointed them, provided such person shall first be given notice in writing of their removal. Said officer, employee or board or commission member shall, upon written request to the appointing authority within ten days from the date of receipt of this removal notice, be immediately given notice in writing of the specific grounds of removal. Thereafter, if requested either in the request for specific grounds or in a subsequent written request submitted to the appointing authority within five days from the receipt of such specific grounds said officer, employee or board member shall be given written notice from the appointing authority setting forth the time and place of an opportunity to be heard in that person’s own defense, personally and/or by counsel, at a public hearing before the appointing authority, to be held not less than five nor more than twenty days after receipt of such request for hearing. With the exception of the initial notice of removal, the Board of Selectmen shall act for and in the place of the Town Manager, the chief of police, or any other appointing authority as to each and every request, notice and hearing provided for hereunder.
  2. No employee of the Board of Education, below the rank of superintendent or supervising agent, who holds a regular certificate of qualification issued by the state board of education shall be removed except in accordance with the General Statutes of Connecticut.

Section 12-2 - Existing Laws & Ordinances

All ordinances and bylaws of the Town shall continue in all force and effect, except as they are inconsistent with the provisions of this Charter. All special acts or parts of special acts relating to the Town are repealed with the exception of those not inconsistent with provisions of this Charter.

Section 12-3 - Officials' Bonds

AAuthority is given for the purchase of a blanket bond conditioned upon honesty and/or faithful performance of official duties of those officials required by the Board of Selectmen to post a surety company bond. Premiums for any officials' bonds shall be paid by the Town.

Section 12-4 - Amendment of This Charter

This Charter may be amended in the manner prescribed by the General Statutes. The Board of Selectmen shall review the provisions of this Charter from time to time as it deems such review to be in the best interest of the Town, said review to be published as part of the annual Town report. The Board of Selectmen shall appoint a commission not later than ten years from the effective date of this Charter to review, and propose amendment to or revision of this Charter in the manner prescribed by the General Statutes.

Section 12-5 - Saving Clause

If any section of this Charter shall be held invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidation shall not affect the remainder of this Charter nor the context in which such section so held invalid may appear, except to the extent that an entire section or part of section may be inseparably connected in meaning and effect with the section or part of section to which such invalidation shall directly apply.

Section 12-6

This amended Charter shall become effective immediately upon ratification by the electors of the Town on November 7, 2023 in the manner prescribed by section 7- 191 of the General Statutes.