|Fire chiefs promoted illegally:
ruling 7 Shelton firefighters sue after 3 failed written test
By FELICIA HUNTER
email@example.com Saturday, June 24,
Superior Court Judge George W. Ripley II said in his decision that he Board of Fire Commissioners acted improperly when it voted to promote Fire Chief John Millo and Assistant Fire Chiefs Justin Sabatino and Stephen Nesteriak on Dec. 15, 1998.
Seven firefighters filed suit, saying that although Millo, Sabatino and Nesteriak failed a required written exam, the Board of Fire Commissions still promoted them.
"I'm very pleased with the decision - it's the correct decision," said
Millo, Sabatino, Nesteriak and Corporation Counsel John Welch, who
At issue is a written test taken as part of the application process. A
The minimum test-score requirement subsequently was waived, allowing
An additional point of contention was alteration of the procedure
During the Dec. 15, 1998, board meeting - the same meeting at which
In his ruling, Ripley wrote that there were rules in place, with which
Unhappy with the testing results, the commission could have retested,
"However, having decided to proceed under existing rules and
Felicia Hunter, Valley bureau chief, can be reached at 736-5441.