Grace under fire

I offer my sincere congratulations to Ms. Pamela Atwood, Ms. Caitlyn Martin and Mr. Scott Butcher for their gracious Letter to the Editor, “Clearing the Air.”

Their unemotional and non-confrontational explanation of the circumstances leading to their simultaneous resignations stands in stunning contrast to the vicious, humiliating, and utterly undignified public attacks frequently made by Selectman Kermit Williams and reported in the Wilton Select Board Meeting Minutes and in a number of newspaper articles in the Cabinet and in the Monadnock Ledger Transcript.

In addition I wholeheartedly endorse Mr. Andy Clifford’s Letter to the Editor “Appalling Decisions in Wilton” (Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, April 19, page 8) in which he describes his congenial working relationships with all three former members of the Select Board Staff.

My own frequent interactions with Mr. Williams and the former employees are entirely consistent with those in their recent letter and in Mr. Clifford’s previously published letter.

It is noteworthy that neither the Select Board, nor other Wilton town employees or interested parties have thought to ask the obvious question of what, if anything, the former employees stood to gain from their resignations. They were fulltime salaried employees with health care coverage and other benefits, all of which they’ve sacrificed along with a greatly diminished probability of favorable references from their former employer. None of them had other employment arranged at the time of their resignations and the news coverage reporting the attacks on both their job performances and characters may hinder their future job searches.

In contrast, the only benefit they accrued was escaping an intolerable work environment.

I conclude that this fiasco was largely driven by a stunning managerial failure, and not by supposed shortcomings of the former staff.