Lauretti: No investigation of ‘invalid appointment’

Mayor Mark Lauretti declined the Board of Fire Commissioners’ request to have an investigation made into the “invalid appointment” of one of the city’s fire inspectors.

Lauretti said there will be no investigation to examine the appointment of Fire Inspector Mark Krasner.

“They can investigate it or have anyone else investigate it, but there won’t be an investigation done on my end,” said Lauretti.

The chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners, Mike Maglione, who filed the request with the Board of Aldermen, was unavailable for comment as of Wednesday morning.

The request, written by Maglione, says the board has concerns “of the validity of any inspections” conducted by Krasner and the board would like an investigation to be launched into any inspection that he has completed.

Board of Aldermen President John Anglace said the appointment of a fire inspector is not a decision made by his board.

“That’s an administrative matter,” said Anglace. “I don’t know why they didn’t go to him.”

Anglace suggested that the city’s fire commissioners invite the mayor to one of their meetings to talk things out.

The mayor declined a sit-down meeting with the Board of Fire Commissioners to listen to its concerns.

“I’m not interested in their interpretation of the City Charter or their goal,” said Lauretti.

According to the city charter, “The Board of Fire Commissioners shall appoint and may remove, subject to the approval of the Mayor and in accordance with the procedure set forth in the Connecticut General Statues [sic] and this Charter, the Fire Marshal, Deputy Fire Marshals, Fire Inspectors and other employees as the Board of Fire Commissioners may deem necessary or convenient to the operation of the Office of Fire Marshal.”

The Connecticut General Statute reads as follows:

Appointment of local fire marshals, deputies, provisional fire marshals, fire inspectors, fire code inspectors and fire investigators. (a) The board of fire commissioners or, in the absence of such board, any corresponding authority of each town, city or borough, or, if no such board or corresponding authority exists, the legislative body of each city, the board of selectmen of each town or the warden and burgesses of each borough, or, in the case of an incorporated fire district, the executive authority of such district shall appoint a local fire marshal and such deputy fire marshals, fire inspectors and other fire code inspectors or fire investigators as may be necessary. In making such appointment, preference shall be given to a member of the regular or volunteer fire department of such municipality. Each local fire marshal shall be sworn to the faithful performance of his or her duties by the clerk of the town, city, borough or fire district and shall continue to serve in that office until removed for cause. Such clerk shall record his or her acceptance of the position of local fire marshal and shall report the same in writing to the State Fire Marshal within ten days thereafter, giving the name and address of the local fire marshal and stating the limits of the territory in which the local fire marshal is to serve.

(b) The board of fire commissioners or, in the absence of such board, any corresponding authority of each town, city or borough or, if no such board or corresponding authority exists, the legislative body of each city, the board of selectmen of each town or the warden and burgesses of each borough or, in the case of an incorporated fire district, the executive authority of such district may, upon the death, disability, dismissal, retirement or revocation of certification of the local fire marshal, and in the absence of an existing deputy fire marshal, appoint a deputy fire marshal as the acting fire marshal for a period not to exceed one hundred eighty days.

The city’s fire marshal, James Tortora, was unavailable for comment as of Wednesday morning.

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