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Council Chairman to Step Down, Avoid Any Conflict of Interest

Edward Pocock III will step down from his role as Town Council chairman after being promoted to police captain this week.

After serving Southington as the chairman of the Town Council since 2009, will be stepping aside from politics for a while to prevent any conflict of interest and focus on his new role as captain within the .

Pocock said in a brief telephone interview that the decision would become official later today when it is included on the agenda for the council’s Monday meeting.

“For me, right now, it’s just the right thing to do,” Pocock said. He declined further comment due to work responsibilities, but said he would discuss the decision later today.

John Dobbins, who currently serves as vice chairman of the council, said the decision was Pocock’s and he made it because he did not want any concerns that there might be a conflict of interest between his responsibilities with the police department and those he has as chairman of the council.

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“It’s kind of bittersweet,” Dobbins said Friday morning. “He’s been a great guy to work with. He’s left us in good hands and we will continue to follow the current path, with a focus on improving infrastructure and continuing to grow the economy in town.”

Multiple Republican officials said Friday that they anticipate Dobbins will take over as chairman, although Dobbins would not comment on the matter.

Pocock, 44, has served on the town council since 2007, including as chairman of the council since 2009. He recently received a promotion within the Southington Police Department, however, .

Pocock previously served the town in other capacities as well, acting as a past president of the Board of Water Commissioners and before that spending four years as a member of the .

Brian Callahan, chairman of the Southington Republican Town Committee, could not be reached for comment. Other members of the town committee said there is no definitively selection for Pocock’s seat on the council, but the executive board is currently reviewing candidates. That process has not been completed.

“We are in good position and will have more information at Monday’s meeting,” Dobbins said.

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Lucy May 11, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Congratulations and best of luck to Captian Pocock, you have served the town well and are committed to its continued success. I appreciated your candor and service except with the exception of the artificial turf at the high school. Best of luck to you in your future endeavors!
E. Richard Fortunato May 12, 2012 at 03:47 PM
The Southington Police Department is strengthened with a fine new captain. At the same time, many thanks are due Ed Pocock III for his five years of distinguished service to the Town of Southington on the Town Council. Best wishes, Captain Pocock.
Frank Di May 12, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I laugh out loud at this: "John Dobbins ... said the decision was Pocock’s and he made it because he did not want any concerns that there might be a conflict of interest between his responsibilities with the police department and those he has as chairman of the council." Oh, like that didn't exist before? I will hand it to Eddie, he gets out of responsibility for seeing all the things he's started getting done. Hope whomever comes into the vacated seat has a big shovel.
E. Richard Fortunato May 12, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Perspectives and viewpoints obviously vary among people. Some prefer to denigrate the efforts and sincerity of others. That tends often to be the case with those who have personal axes to grind, partisanship or envy somewherre deep down. Wouldn't it be more civil to ackgnowledge the best that people do and thank them for their service! I recommend trying it for personal peace of mind and a less cynical heart.
Ed Costello May 12, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Well said Mr Fortunado, Thank you!!!
Arthur Cyr May 14, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Mr. Fortunato is 100% correct and the Frank D. is misinformed. Edward Pocock III should take 100% of the credit for things that he has accomplished as well as the many other things he started and will be completed in the next two years. Without him the "good-old-boys" of both parties would still have us doing their bidding for their own special interests.

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