Enfield City Council Sack PZC Chairman, Hires Interim City Manager
ENFIELD, CT – The makeup of the Enfield Planning and Zoning Commission changed dramatically in a somewhat controversial city council meeting on Monday evening, as councilors voted not to retain the Republican PZC chairman, Ken Nelson, in favor of Democrat Lewis Fiore.
Four regular PZC seats and one alternate post were pending nomination, but the process included thinly veiled searches of several candidates by council members. Republican Lori Unghire has apparently questioned the credentials of Kiran Majmudar, an unaffiliated PZC deputy who has been appointed to a regular seat. After Majmudar was approved by an 8-1 vote, with Unghire at odds, Fiore was nominated for the seat held by Nelson.
Unghire has appointed Nelson, a former deputy mayor, for a new term, saying: “He’s a perfect candidate for this post. I think city council really needs to think about what’s best for Enfield.”
Democrat Cindy Mangini responded with glowing words about Fiore, ending with a blow against Nelson. She said, “We will all be well served with [Fiore’s] background, knowledge, experience and the ability to provide information accurately, and to be respectful and courteous to residents. “
Fiore won the seat by a 7-2 vote along party lines, with opposition from Unghire and fellow Republican Marie Pyznar.
A seat held by Republican Richard Szewczak, who did not ask for a reappointment, was passed to the Democratic side, with former PZC chairman Tony DiPace approved unanimously. Democrat John Petronella was unanimously re-elected, while Democrat newcomer Christian D’Antonio secured a substitute seat 7-2.
In other cases, the council unanimously appointed former Bristol mayor, Ellen Zoppo-Sassu, as interim city manager. The first woman to hold the post of municipal director of this city, she was also an elected member of the municipal council for eight years.
âI am really looking forward to seizing this opportunity,â said Zoppo-Sassu. “When I think back to some of the decisions that have been made and the policies and programs that have been put in place, there is a lot to be said for the progress that has been made here.”
Mayor Bob Cressotti said: âI, along with my fellow councilors, am delighted and delighted to welcome Ellen Zoppo-Sassu as Interim City Manager of Enfield. Ellen comes to Enfield with credentials, experience and enthusiasm to lead us in the right direction. . We look forward to a good working relationship where we can learn from each other and do great things at Enfield. “
Police chief Alaric Fox had served as interim chief executive since Christopher Bromson resigned in mid-November.
âI was honored to serve the city as Interim City Manager and I certainly found the experience to be worth it,â Fox said. âI look forward to returning my full-time focus to the men and women of the Enfield Police Department and the community we are proud to serve. “