TO ALL SOMERS CITIZENS
I’ve included my statement to the Board of Finance on Monday July 27,2020 regarding the current controversy surrounding salary administration.
As indicated , past First Selectmen raised their own salaries that were included in the annual approved budgets. Thinking no further action was required, they did so without the express approval of the Board of Selectmen. This practice will change going forward.
I followed this past precedent and awarded myself a salary increase and bonus which in retrospect was a lapse in judgement and an error for which I apologize.
Effectively immediately, I have taken the following actions: I have retroactively rescinded this increase along with reimbursing the Town for the one and only bonus that I received. In addition, I am recommending that the Board of Selectmen establish a more formal procedure for salary administration to avoid any appearance of impropriety and in the spirit of transparency and open government..
Furthermore , we will follow the instructions/recommendations of the Board of Finance to provide a detailed analysis of past salary/bonus administration along with legal and independent accounting audits to satisfy all concerns.
I have always followed the precepts in the Bible that…” The truth will set you free”…and the open and accurate truth regarding this controversy will be the modus operandi.
I take my oath of office and my personal ethics and moral behavior to be the path that I tread every day.
Hopefully you will not interpret my recent lapse of judgement as an indication of my true character and will appreciate and support the totality of my many years of service to Somers.My Letter to the Board of Finance
C.G. Bud Knorr, Jr.
Town of Somers