Governor Malloy reappoints Harbor Master for a third term, thereby extending Tesei's torment until 2020.
Since he was first appointed harbormaster over the first selectman’s nominee six years ago [in fact, Malloy appointed Macmillan specifically to irk Tesei, and he succeeded brilliantly] MacMillan has clashed frequently with commission members and town officials.
Commission members have made it clear that they want to replace MacMillan. Had they completed a Harbor Management Plan, which they have been working on for the past three years, the governor would have been compelled to choose a harbormaster from a list of town-nominated candidates.
The commission is nearing agreement with the state on the plan’s wording although it is not expected to be ready for final town approval until the fall.
The HMC had already started searching for candidates by posting the harbormaster job description on the town website.
Since the state is not yet bound to the HMC recommendations, the commission has run out of time to make a legal impact on the choice before 2020 — when MacMillan’s third term expires.
“The governor is free to appoint whom he wishes,” said HMC Vice Chairman Lile Gibbons shortly after receiving the news. “That’s all I can say.”
I personally like Ian, and think he's doing a fine job, but regardless of my feelings towards the man, adding to Peter Tesei's discomfiture is just priceless.