The executive director of the State Elections Enforcement Commission has charged an appointee of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy with incompetence, as part of a festering controversy that began with the seizure of a computer from the commission’s office in early March.
The Malloy appointee, Shelby J. Brown, executive administrator of the Office of Governmental Accountability, declined comment late Monday on the sharply worded criticism she received in a letter earlier in the day from the SEEC’s director, Michael J. Brandi.
Brandi also alleged that Brown has overreached her legal authority by trying to prevent the SEEC from re-hiring a key information-technology official who left the elections agency in 2014 after working there for seven years; the ex-employee soon sought to return by applying for a vacant position of IT manager, and Brandi wants to hire him.
It was that former IT employee whose SEEC computer Brown ordered seized in March. She said her staff found that the computer contained 17 commercial movies and unauthorized software for viewing them. Brown cited that discovery as one of the issues that “disqualify the candidate from rehire with the State of Connecticut.”
In an April 29 letter to Brandi¸ Brown proposed reporting the ex-employee to the Office of State Ethics [Read More]