To the Editor:

Upon his new appointment to the Town Council on January 4th, Jeff Desmarais immediately resigned from the Watertown Public Building Commission.

He knew there would exist a conflict of interest as a Town Council member being responsible for overseeing all boards and commissions if he was still seated on one of those boards and commissions. He chose to take the high road of ethical standards and practices during his tenure of responsibility with the Town Council.

Bravo for Jeff Desmarais and his integrity. We can count on him and Rachael Ryan to be visible, impartial and accountable members of the Town Council.

Jeff’s predecessor, Paul Rinaldi, was a long-time voice of the townspeople who often questioned actions being sought by the TC, and didn’t cave in to rubber stamping every decision they wished to achieve. Thank you, Paul, for your generous volunteer service to our community.

There are, however, no cheers for Ken Demirs. The Town Council is aware, and it has been brought to Mr. Demirs’ attention that, with his appointment to the Town Council, he is in a conflict of interest position with the TC and his position on the Planning and Zoning Commission. Where’s his resignation letter from the P&Z?

Rose Soboleski


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