The city\u2019s Board of Fire Commissioners is concerned with the mayor\u2019s decision to not investigate the \u201cinvalid appointment\u201d of a new fire inspector. Board of Fire Commissioners Chairman Mike Maglione filed a request for an investigation of Mark Krasner\u2019s appointment on April 11. Maglione was unavailable for comment as of Thursday, April 20, but stated in his request for an investigation, that Mayor Mark Lauretti\u2019s decision to have Krasner fill the position is going against the general state statute and city charter. Lauretti said despite the opinions of Maglione and other board members, he doesn\u2019t plan to conduct an investigation. \u201cThere\u2019s nothing else for me to say. They\u2019re all entitled to think and say whatever they want to say,\u201d said Lauretti. \u201cI\u2019ve said what I need to say about the hire, I\u2019m done.\u201d State Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113) said he was confused by the mayor\u2019s response to the Board of Fire Commissioners\u2019 concerns. "If the city would like, I can certainly refer this to legal counsel in my office for an interpretation of state statute as it pertains to this issue." It\u2019s business, not personal Pine Rock Volunteer Fire Department captain and Fire Commissioner Board member Justin Sabatino said the board\u2019s concerns aren\u2019t personal, they just want the city to follow the same rules it lays out for its employees. \u201cWe\u2019re all very concerned, we just want the procedures to be followed. We don\u2019t want to make enemies. It\u2019s just business,\u201d said Sabatino. \u201cI hate to use the hard words, I work for the mayor, but he\u2019s forgetting the people.\u201d Sabatino said Lauretti\u2019s decision to shoot down the board\u2019s request for an investigation is \u201cignorant.\u201d Sabatino said from his understanding of the general state statute and city charter, the Board of Fire Commissioners are responsible for picking candidates to fill inspector positions which will then be approved or denied by the mayor. \u201cBasically it\u2019s backwards, it should be the other way, but the city has it set through several charter revisions,\u201d said Sabatino. \u201cThis is how they want it.\u201d That wasn\u2019t the procedure used in the \u201cappointment\u201d of Krasner. \u201cWhat I heard the mayor is doing is he\u2019s saying Krasner works for the building department and he\u2019s loaning him to the fire marshal\u2019s office. So it wouldn\u2019t be an appointment, but he\u2019d still have to be sworn into the fire department to act as a part of the fire department,\u201d said Sabatino. Sabatino said he believes the city was looking for a loophole in the city\u2019s charter. \u201cIf the fire marshal needed more people we would hire them,\u201d said Sabatino. \u201cAbout a year or two years ago he asked for some help and we appointed two deputies to help him no problem. This time they decided to go around it.\u201d He said he has no idea why the mayor strayed away from the city\u2019s practice of the last 30-plus years. \u201cThere\u2019s always friction between the city and the volunteer fire department, so it could be that or it could be anything,\u201d said Sabatino. What started as concerns among board members has turned into a matter that currently is affecting fire department moral, according to Sabatino. \u201cA lot of my\u00a0members are upset,\u201d said Sabatino. \u201cThere are some people who are qualified to do that job or fill that position that now feel that they were skipped over. We send people to school for that, and now the guys are doubting whether they should take the class or not because they\u2019re not sure if they\u2019ll get a fair shot. It\u2019s been bad for morale. For the last 30 or 40 years this is how we\u2019ve been doing it and now they decided to change it.\u201d Sabatino said he questions how he should respond to the mayor not following what\u2019s described in the city charter. \u201cI\u2019m a commissioner and a captain, so if the city says, \u2018well this guy did this and this wrong, you need to take action,\u2019 should I or shouldn\u2019t I?\u201d said Sabatino. \u201cIf the city\u2019s not going to follow their own rules how can they expect the volunteers to do so or get in trouble for not doing the same thing.\u201dShelton Fire Marshal James Tortora said he refused to comment on any personnel matters.