Lamont Criticized for Offering, then Rescinding Top Job

AP
July 17, 2019 - 9:25 pm

FILE PHOTO - Governor Ned Lamont. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Ned Lamont's administration is being criticized for offering Connecticut's top education job to Bloomfield's Superintendent of Schools, only to give the position to someone else.

Spokesman Stan Simpson of Bloomfield Public Schools tells Fox61 that James Thompson was offered the job by the Democratic governor's chief operating officer, Paul Mounds. A copy of a July 8 letter says Mounds is "pleased to offer you employment with the Connecticut Department of Education in the position of commissioner,'' noting the salary is $192,500.

Simpson says the administration then changed course and chose Meriden Assistant Superintendent Miguel Cardona. Simpson says it's ``disappointing'' Lamont "didn't have the conviction'' to stick with Thompson.

Mounds says his letter was "not a typical offer letter but more like an invitation to continue negotiations over the position.'' 

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     Information from: WTIC-TV, http://www.fox61.com

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