Papa and Hurliman honored at Board of Aldermen meeting

It was an emotional meeting for the Board of Aldermen on Thursday, Nov. 12 as they honored two people who have served the community for over 20 years each.

The Board said farewell to 22-year member and Fourth Ward Aldermen, John Papa who announced his retirement earlier this year, as well as former Chief of Police who finished his career with 38 years on staff, Joel Hurliman.

Papa said earlier this year that if he cannot donate 100 percent of his time to the job and the city then he doesn’t feel that he should.

Hurliman said he felt as though it was just his time to step down from his position.

Before proceeding with the awards, the Board of Aldermen had a moment of silence for Alderman Christine Brainard who recently passed.

Both Papa and Hurliman were honored and expressed their gratitude for being able to serve the community.

“The Board of Aldermen I worked with, fantastic people every last one of them,” said Hurliman. “It was really a privilege to serve all these years to the city of Shelton. I want to thank everyone for their help over all of these years.”

“I want to thank all the people in the Fourth Ward who elected me for the last 22 years,” said Papa. “It was an honor and a privilege to serve as their Alderman and I enjoyed it. I hope I helped people when they had their situations and problems.”

Papa also thanked the Board of Aldermen and Mayor Lauretti for their support through tough times in his personal life.

“The Berk family and the Papa family when we had our tragedies with my son-in-law and my daughter-in-law, you all were there and I appreciate it,” said Papa. “I also want to thank Mark. I ran for office because I believe in you. You’ve done a wonderful job from ‘91 all the way to 2015. What a change in the city and it has a lot to do with you and the Aldermen that are sitting here today. God bless America and God bless Shelton.”

President of the Board of Aldermen, John Anglace personally thanked both recipients for their service and expressed how grateful he is to have worked alongside Papa throughout his 11 terms.

During Lauretti’s speech for both recipients he proclaimed Nov.13 to be “John Papa Day” and Nov. 26, Thanksgiving, to be “ Joel Hurliman Day” in Shelton.

Hurliman began his rise to the ranks in 1980 when he became a regular officer in Shelton and was appointed Chief back in 2006.

He said this Thanksgiving will be one to remember.

“We’ll do the Commodore Hull Road Race together and it will also be a good start to Joel Hurliman Day,” said Hurliman to Lauretti.