From: firstname.lastname@example.org on behalf of Edwin Childs (via norwich list)
Sent: Friday, August 29, 2014 9:46 PM
Subject: [Norwich] Town Manager/Selectboard
Please print the following letter. Thank you.
Reading today’s article (August 29) in the Valley News about the Norwich Selectboard and Town Manager brings back bad memories of past issues stemming from Executive Sessions of the Selectboard. During my tenure on the Selectboard, we worked with the three managers that have been employed since Norwich voters wisely chose Town Manager form of government. Though some have argued that I was in Neil Fulton’s “hip pocket” during my service on the board, I like to believe that 48 years of experience in the business field provided me with some ability to evaluate recommendations and actions of the Manager.
Though some would disagree, I happen to believe that Neil Fulton is the best Town Manager that Norwich has had and that he deserves full support and respect from our elected representatives and the community. Reading the article reminds me of a recent performance review of Neil Fulton that was undertaken by four of the existing board members and myself. At that review, certain members of the board voiced concerns with Neil’s performance. As allowed by Vermont Statute, Neil opted to have his evaluation done in a public setting. During the public session, three members verbally expressed support for the manager, whereas the other two refused to state their concerns in front of the public.
I wish to encourage my fellow Norwich citizens to be mindful and watchful of the actions of the Selectboard during this review process to avoid a debacle similar to one of a few years ago.
On another note, I am distressed with the allegations put forth in that article about Norwich firewood being removed from the woodlot without the approval of the manager. As Town Manager, Neil is responsible for all assets of the Town. Though I do not expect that actions to remove wood were done illegally or without “good intentions”, I am concerned if an elected member of the Selectboard was involved in such an activity.
Ed Childs, former member‐ Norwich Selectboard