By A.J. ALGIER
Sun Staff Writer
STONINGTON — The town has completed its application process in its search for a full-time animal control officer after acknowledging the termination of Rae Jean Davis by the Board of Police Commissioners at a specially convened meeting last month.
On Nov. 25, the commission entered a 4½-hour closed session meeting to discuss the tenure of Davis, who had been employed by the town for nearly eight years. According to minutes of the meeting, Davis was asked if she wanted the meeting to be held in open session. She declined.
At the end of the session, Commissioner Patrick Moukawsher motioned to fire Davis “based on the evidence and testimony presented” in the closed meeting. The motion received a second from Commissioner Frank Pucci, and the board, including Chairman Mel Olsson and Commissioner Harry Holt, voted in favor relieving Davis of her duties.
Citing personnel issues, no information has been released as to reasons behind the dismissal. Tonya Wescovich, currently serving as the town’s part-time assistant animal control officer, will head the department, along with a town police officer, until a replacement is appointed.
Police Chief J. Darren Stewart said Davis began as a part-time employee, then became a full-time ACO in 2007. He had no comment on her dismissal Thursday, saying it is a personnel issue.