Letter: Brower ‘misrepresents circumstances’ of Tom Hale
February 16, 2018
I see that, once again, Patrick Brower has chosen to misrepresent the circumstances under which former Town Manager Tom Hale was "let go." Since Mr. Brower wasn't present at the meetings of the Board of Trustees, as we evaluated Mr. Hale's offer to renew his contract with the town and his performance, his depiction of events is inaccurate and distorts history.
First and foremost, as Mayor (at the time), I certainly did not have sole authority to "fire" Mr. Hale. Decisions of that nature were always, during my tenure on the Board, made by the Board of Trustees as a body, as they should be. Secondly, Mr. Hale was not "fired." He was informed that the Board chose not to accept the compensation package Mr. Hale presented to the Board. There's a difference, which Mr. Brower fails to appreciate and which a former newspaper editor should understand.
People should know there were additional significant performance factors involved in the decision. I cannot discuss these in any detail because of employee confidentiality and also because the Board's discussions took place in Executive Session, as required by law. Mr. Brower should understand this, given how many Trustees meetings he attended over the years.
I extend my sympathies to Mr. Hale's family on his passing.
Edward "Ted" Wang, former mayor of Granby