Former Kent land use clerk cries foul
Published 2:01 pm, Thursday, September 10, 2015
KENT — The Freedom of Information Commission held a hearing Sept. 4 on a complaint filed by a former land use clerk with the town of Kent against the town, the Inland-Wetlands Commission and the Inland-Wetland Commission chairman.
A decision on the complaint should be reached in six weeks time.
Pamela Dudgeon-Eisenhlohr had her position as clerk in the Kent land use office terminated in January after several department heads reported that she was not conducting her job competently. The termination was determined in a special Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Jan. 8 adn is recorded in meeting minutes.
In April, Dudgeon-Eisenhlohr submitted an FOI complaint to the commission claiming that the Inland-Wetlands Commission, Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Selectmen had “voting practices and repeated changes to agendas and minutes... that affect the transparency of the public meeting process.” Add on’s are frequently voted on at these commissions and board meetings, the complaint continues.
Dudgeon-Eisenhlohr claims to have expressed these concerns to the land use administrator and administrative assistant to the Board of Selectmen as well as the chairmen of Inland-Wetlands and Planning and Zoning. She believes this may have been why her position was terminated.
The Kent land use administrator and the administrative assistant to the Board of Selectman represented the town at the Sept. 5 FOI Commission hearing held in Hartford.