Bridgewater town treasurer resigns
Bridgewater's treasurer lands job in private sector
BRIDGEWATER -- Town Treasurer Amy Allingham has tendered her letter of resignation, effective March 2.
First elected in 1994, Ms. Allingham said Monday she has resigned the position because of an "exciting opportunity'' she was offered in the private sector.
Ms. Allingham said that after a lengthy tenure as an elected official for the town, "it was time for a change.''
In November, the veteran Republican was re-elected to a four-year term that will expire in 2013. The Board of Selectmen will be charged with making an appointment to fill the seat.
"I wish her well," said First Selectman Bill Stuart when contacted by The Greater New Milford Spectrum.
"Kim Baron, the treasurer in Roxbury, will be helping out for the next few months until we get someone new in," Mr. Stuart said.
He would not speculate on whether Ms. Allingham's resignation had anything to do with a public feud that has been ongoing since the fall of 2009 between him and Ms. Allingham's father-in-law, George Allingham.
George Allingham, then on the Board of Finance, publicly accused Mr. Stuart of mismanagement of money from a charitable town trust called the Burnham Fund.
Mr. Stuart, who had been close friends wth Mr. Allingham since their days at New Milford High School, has denied the claims.
Amy Allingham was emphatic that any alleged conflicts between her family and Mr. Stuart has nothing to do with her decision regarding new employment.
"That has nothing to do with me and my position as treasurer,'' Ms. Allingham said.
The relationship between Ms. Allingham and the town's selectmen took a negative turn in January 2009.
At a public meeting on Jan. 13, 2009, Selectman Ed Bennett requested that Ms. Allingham set regular work hours when she would be present in Town Hall.
Ms. Allingham's husband, Tom, an attorney, had a court recorder make a transcript of the session, a regular Board of Selectmen's meeting.
Tom Allingham accused Mr. Bennett of putting the question of his wife's hours on the public agenda to "embarrass her," according to the transcript recorded by a licensed shorthand reporter with Gerson Reporting Service in Ansonia.
Tom Allingham suggested the question of his wife's hours was being raised publicly to "embarrass" her because of records she previously intended to give New Milford attorney Paul Garlasco, according to the transcript. The records regarded the Burnham Fund.
Mr. Garlasco first requested the information from Amy Allingham, who was later called before the state's Freedom of Information Commission regarding a complaint filed by Mr. Garlasco.
Mr. Bennett denied the charge Tom Allingham made.
Mr. Allingham said his wife had a "dispute" with Mr. Stuart over "his refusal to release the documents" and that he believed that was why the issue of her work hours was being raised in public.
Mr. Stuart was not present at the Jan. 13 selectmen's meeting as he was out of town in South Carolina. Mr. Bennett said he had discussed the question of Ms. Allingham's hours with the first selectman prior to the meeting.
"I'm proud of the work I have done for the town,'' Ms. Allingham said of a job she described as "rewarding.
"I have no personal difficulties with anyone in the Town Hall,'' she said.
For her, the highlight of her elected career was the ability to be "working in a town that I love.''
"Walking into Town Hall every day was a pleasure,'' Ms. Allingham said.
She said she appreciated working closely with the Board of Finance over the years, praising the board for serving as an "excellent guiding force'' for the town.
"I have enjoyed working with each and every one of my colleagues, and I will miss them all,'' Ms. Allingham said. "I hope the next treasurer enjoys the position as much as I have.''
Staff writer Nanci G. Hutson contributed to this story.
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