Shingleton's eradic behavior has raised eyebrows since his election last November, and now the Hartford Courant is reporting on this politician who has truly come unglued.
Cromwell's Chief of Police Anthony J. Salvatore, a 30-year veteran of the Cromwell force who was a policeman in town one year before Shingleton was even born and twenty-eight years before Shingleton even moved to town, was recently credited with the quick work his department had done in solving the community's first homicide in a quarter century.
Shingleton suspended Salvatore on Wednesday. Why? Good question.
On November 15th, Shingleton met with Salvatore and asked that the chief route all press releases from the police through the First Selectman's office for vetting. Salvatore declined, but did notify Shingleton's office when releases were sent.
Shingleton claims that he was not properly notified of all events as they unfolded concerning the double homicide investigation as well as minore crimes and promotions in the department, and that this prevented him from doing his job.
Then Shingleton wanted to replace the Cromwell PD's lone captain, and Salvatore refused to dismiss him. That's when Salvatore was suspended.
From the Courant:
"There is a perceived lack of professionalism with the chief of police and
the way he's conducting himself in meetings and with citizens, who have
complained to me directly," Shingleton said. "I've heard people have felt
they've been bullied and intimidated."Shingleton declined to name specific
What is really clear here is that if anyone was interfering with anyone else's job, it was Shingleton who has been making it impossible for the chief of police to do his job. As First Selectman, Shingleton is not a participant in police investigations. While he should be notified of events, as it appears he was in reasonable fashion, he is not entitled to the level of involvment he claims he is. His attempt to manipulate the department, its work, and its personnel are contemtible.
Shingleton is clearly a young, inexperienced and inadequate carpet-bagging politician who has just demonstrated conclusively that he lacks the skills and charcter to occupy elected office.
Many in Cromwell are now calling for his removal. He should indeed resign, as he is a disgrace to his community and an embarassment. This man is an insecure control freak, and his remaining in office any longer will be a liability to Cromwell.
But first, he owes an enormous apology to Salvatore, a distinguished public servant who deserves better than to be dismissed by this inadequate hack.