To the Editor:

I am writing in response to a letter in July 3's Spectrum about Sherman teens not receiving job preference from the town's Park and Recreation Department.

It was out of line to imply that the Park and Rec director, John Wrenn, acted unfairly when hiring his camp staff for the summer.

Over the past 14 years, I have known Mr. Wrenn as both a teacher and a colleague.

He is a just-minded individual with a clear sense of right and wrong and the conviction to act according to those beliefs.

Each spring, Mr. Wrenn has the daunting task of hiring numerous teens to work as lifeguards and camp counselors.

These positions are not minor jobs that should be handed out without careful consideration.

The teens who are hired will be responsible for the safety and well-being of Sherman's children throughout the summer.

No parent would hire a babysitter based solely on residence, and lifeguards and camp counselors should face no less scrutiny.

It would be negligent if Mr. Wrenn were to hire teens simply because they played baseball or took his class, but it would be equally wrong to hire someone simply because of his or her address.

Mr. Wrenn should, and does, hire the most qualified applicants for the job.

Only when all other things are equal should residence come into consideration.

James Reed

New Milford