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Tinsley: We Will Serve You as a Team

First Selectman Bill Tinsley gives a brief introduction after the new Board of Selectmen is sworn in.

First Selectman Bill Tinsley introduces his administration at the first meeting of the new BOS.
First Selectman Bill Tinsley introduces his administration at the first meeting of the new BOS.
Brookfield’s new Board of Selectmen (BOS) was officially sworn in Monday night at its first meeting since being elected on Nov. 5.

Town Clerk Joan Locke read the oath of office to Selectmen Marty Flynn and Bill Davidson first, both affirming their commitment to act in the best interests of the town.

First Selectman Bill Tinsley took the oath of office next before reading a brief statement to open the meeting and begin his administration.

"We are motivated by townwide interests, not personal ones or political ones. Our path forward is not about us, it's about you," Tinsley said. "We will serve you as a team."
Townie December 03, 2013 at 06:43 AM
Trust but verify. Everyone should be held to the same standard, especially both "Bills" one accused and one confessed.
Concerned Citizen December 03, 2013 at 07:25 AM
No contest is equivalent to an admission of guilt. A conviction of a misdemeanor is still a conviction of a crime! A jail sentence is still a jail sentence even if the time is not served! Mr. Tinsely should act with character and resign his position. If he continues to show us what his true character is and does not do the right thing, the Ethics Committee should restore respect to the position of the First Selectman of Brookfield and remove him from office.
Dr. Robin Appleby December 03, 2013 at 09:42 AM
I was in the courthouse in Vermont. The judge specifically said that it was NOT a guilty plea. It means you give up your right to fight the charges. A trial would have cost an estimated $ 15-20,000 dollars and taken 8-10-12 months. As was mentioned to Mr. Tinsley....."you are a conservative, white, male, Republican FLATLANDER...good luck with the trial !".
Dr. Robin Appleby December 03, 2013 at 09:45 AM
Mr. Tinsley drove up 4 times to Vermont (4 hours each way) and sat there to resolve the case....and 4 times the Prosecution didn't show up....in Danbury Court...they would have dropped the charges right then and there.
Ray DiStephan December 03, 2013 at 10:02 AM
The Vermont Supreme court stated the following in State v. Gleason, 154 Vt. 205, 211 (1990): “The nolo contendere or no contest "plea is a formal declaration that the accused does not contest the charge against him." …the plea of nolo contendere is taken as a complete admission of guilt leading to a judgment of conviction. When the court accepts a plea of nolo contendere, it has the same effect in that case as a plea of guilty and "authorizes the court for the purposes of the case to treat defendant as though he were guilty." A conviction that results from a nolo plea stands on the same footing as a conviction produced by trial or guilty plea...”
Charlie December 03, 2013 at 10:56 AM
"Mr. Tinsley drove up 4 times to Vermont (4 hours each way)"... wait, doesn't he live there? So this is essentially his commute, right? Or am I missing something... he still has a house in Brookfield?
rich saluga December 03, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Thanks, Dr. Appleby, for providing some facts, which the proponents of losing candidates can't seem to accept. I am one who is appreciative and excited for the new agenda of welcome, listening, respect and responsiveness, in addition to teamwork, that the new leadership is proposing. That progressive program can hopefully lead our town to a better future, which is where I want us to expend our energy.
Dr. Robin Appleby December 03, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Rich, thank you for getting involved and trying to make Brookfield a better place. Thank you for all the meetings you have sat through and spoken at. Always a voice of reason and intelligence. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and hope to see a lot more of you.
integritydoesnotexist December 03, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Mr. Saluga-I agree. You cite welcome, listening, respect and responsiveness while referring to Brookfield's new leadership. How about honesty and transparency? Oh wait, too late for that. That ship has most definitely sailed. Dr. Appleby-- innocent, guilty, no contest-none are relevant at this juncture, in my opinion. Do you believe the voters of Brookfield had a right to know of Mr. Tinsley's Vermont charges to make an informed decision before the election? A simple "yes" or "no " will do here, sir.
Emanon Emanon December 03, 2013 at 05:18 PM
This is where Appleby ignores your reasonable question.
Dr. Robin Appleby December 03, 2013 at 05:49 PM
For years....I have never been able to get one democrat/liberal to answer even ONE question....no matter how politely I ask. So here's the deal, 1. explain to me how Lt. Col. Foncello's (Howard's political opponent) mail went to 116 Tower for months....not details of the court case...I know them....explain HOW it happened....I have asked for a long time. And 2. man up, reach down deep and get that last ounce of courage, and use your real names. Then perhaps we can have a conversation.
Howard Lasser December 03, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Mr. Appleby, I fail to see how the civil suit brought by Mr. Foncello is even remotely related to the situation at hand, a situation that involves a criminal act, that is stealing money from ones' employer. I also note that while you protest you have never gotten an answer, you have never asked me this question. on that the court record is clear, ( though you choose to ignore it as you do most other facts) as is the investigation by the Department of Defense. They found that I never received any mail that was intended for Mr. Foncello. It happens that in our small town, the post office delivered the mail to Mr. Foncello at Town Hall. That is a fact that was substantiated through investigation. The DOD never revealed how their records were changed, but they did note that when any inquiry about a serviceman is made that serviceman is notified. They also note that the serviceman has access to the electronic database and can change the information, such as address, himself. You might well ask, why did it take Mr. Foncello over two years to report the issue and or change the address to the correct address. The fact that you need to dredge up something that is 10 years old, fully covered in the press and resolved is testimony to the lack of substance to your current stance in support of our current First Selectman and your own lack of ethical standards. This is my last statement on this as I find you and the comments you make distasteful and hardly worthy of a person supposedly serving the public interest.
BuckWheat December 03, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Sounds like a $ decision, if someone were to tell you here is your choice, spend $20k to defend yourself, or pay $900 and call it a day, what would you do?
integritydoesnotexist December 03, 2013 at 10:46 PM
Dr. Appleby, I am not looking to converse with you. Again, a simple "yes" or "no" will suffice. I am a registered Republican, but how is that even relevant? I'd love to know how you are explaining this whole situation to your grandchildren. And no, I won't man up because there are several unstable folks on here and I'm not willing to up my home security because of them. My taxes are high enough. How do ya like me now? Buckwheat-A FREE public defender could've cleared Mr. Tinsley's name. All documents suggest he was eligible and if he was committed to clearing his name, he could have and should have done so.
Emanon Emanon December 05, 2013 at 10:21 AM
The doctor got his answer, and then he clammed up. I wonder what's plugged that big mouth of his...
Rick Jones December 05, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Some team. About as diverse as the North Korean parliament, and equally as tolerant.

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