Tranquillo to Leave Position as Town Engineer but Questions Surround Decision

Anthony Tranquillo will serve his last day with the town on Friday following "a decision" made on Wednesday.

(Updated Thursday 7:45 p.m.)
After 39 years as the , Anthony Tranquillo will walk out of the office for the last time on Friday afternoon.

Town staff and elected officials confirmed Thursday that officials "came to a decision" Wednesday that Tranquillo would no longer be employed by the town of Southington, although details remain extremely vague regarding the circumstances leading up to the decision.

It remains unclear whether Tranquillo's last day is being considered a termination, resignation or retirement. One official close to the decision said, “it remains a fluid situation at the moment,” but declined further comment.

“Our policy is not to comment on any personnel matters,” said Southington Town Manager Garry Brumback, who confirmed only that Friday is Tranquillo’s last day.

Multiple sources confirmed that members of the Town Council were informed of the situation through an email late Wednesday, but several members of the council declined comment Thursday afternoon. Messages left with Town Attorney Mark Sciota were not returned on Thursday afternoon and the email has not been released to the media.

Tranquillo first began serving as town engineer in the 1970s and has served the department since, acting as the foremost engineering expert for the town and providing expert opinions for the Town Council and Planning and Zoning commission on various sewer and engineering matters.

Tranquillo declined comment Thursday, although a recent report on the Record-Journal website indicated he would be seeking legal opinion next week.

Art Secondo January 06, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Tony Tranquillo did much to bring Southington back to the forefront of central Ct. communities. He was undoubtedly told to leave....he refused...so goodbye. It's the latest in the "changing of the guard"..so to speak. Good luck Tony...and try not to look in your rear view mirror.
Stu Pedassel January 06, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Tony's leaving?! We're screwed.
Southington Insider January 06, 2012 at 05:06 AM
I thought it was called a golden handshake. Apparently it's a golden slap in the face from this crew of know-it-alls. Tony, time to show them what a real goldfinger looks like. Mr. Dorsey there's a call for you on line one, I think it's someone from Southington.
Arthur Wohlenburg January 06, 2012 at 11:24 AM
“'Our policy is not to comment on any personnel matters,' said Southington Town Manager Garry Brumback," Huh, that didn't seem the case with that bozo just fired -- err, excuse me --- resigned from the PD. And is this the way the town is now going? Personnel shenanigans? That's a dark and expensive road to venture down but one well known to Republicans. And what about this "email" not being released under FOI? The taxpayers of this town demand to know what's going on! So much for team-building, eh Bumback?
WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot January 06, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Well what's the big secret? Tony has forgot more about this town that 1/2 the town council. The guy as done a lot for this town and this is the way he gets treated?
Rosanne Zanetti January 07, 2012 at 12:09 AM
What a loss for the Town of Southington!! What a shame to lose someone of such integrity. I hope Mr. Tranquillo makes sure they won't forget his name. Get that lawyer Mr. T!!
Carol Magnusson January 08, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Oh, that's low. If job performance were an issue, the Council should have made it such; they have not. What they have made readily apparent is they don't want Tony (and others) on the job and, knowing politics in this Town, they probably have a hack in mind to replace him and they will do whatever it takes to get him (and probably others) to leave -- nicely or otherwise. The Godfather has nothing on Eddie Pocock. You comment on job performance is inappropriate and just one cheap shot and a long-time employee.
Tony M January 08, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I wonder if his dismissal what more of salary issue and not job performance. If you look at the number of employees with long time employment records who were ultimately coursed to retire or leave. Perhaps the thinking is that new personnel brings in new and fresh ideas.
Brumback Fan January 08, 2012 at 10:41 PM
I understand the emotions of his friends and family a 39yr employee of the city in a important head of dept making excellent salary and benefits the city and taxpayers provide. But I agree with the Town Manager,if anyone has attended town meetings last few years dartboard estimates are not acceptable neither are all the snafus that occurred under his watch i.e police dept gas pump system cover had to be done over ,Road work for the BJ project went against the hired consultants recommendations, stonegate sewer debacle and mount vernon rd,. and i'm sure the list would go on - all at a cost of taxpayers paying extra to fix the situations. The town is growing so much I feel we need to pay one person ,especially making $117,000 a yr no outside consultants should be used. This position requires someone with the highest degree of engineering.
Michael O'Hearn January 09, 2012 at 11:22 AM
I guess my question in answer to your comment, Mr. Brumback Fan, is were all these employment deficiencies recorded in this 40-year employee's personnel file, duly presented as they happened and with employee response, or is this just political verbiage now presented as a cover for a political debacle? It seems to me that all the planning get rid of Mr. T was done without regard to the objective record, and one that he will likely use to support his legal claim (and substantial settlement with the Town, no doubt); the resulting official and public commentary in support of the firing is basically damage control. I would, by the way, change your pseudonym to something else because Mr. Bumback's will likely have a short political season with the Town after all is said and done (unless you want to follow him on his merry job hopping career).
Brumback Fan January 10, 2012 at 12:28 AM
I have no idea about about things being recorded ,that would of been under wieschel watch. This town mgr came in one yea,r ago at least he had time to honestly access the situation,and come up with the best for the town. The record is in the facts of the jobs completed by tranquillo and the cost to repair them after.mistakes were made.I actually attended a meeting where tranquillo stated this is a dartboard estimate .I almost fell off my chair -who says that? He is a dept head making an excellent salary. I am a taxpayer and I believe everyone no matter how long or short time in the position should be held accountable. And I wouldnt be threatening anyone with job losses because they disagree with your take on the matter.and I will not change my pseudonym last time I checked it is a free country to agree to disagree.
suddington January 10, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Do you actually believe that old Johnny W. actually performed "reviews" or "set targets" ? Johnny is the one who accepted town department budgets and sent them to the board because "they would deal with it anyway". Granted Tony has been in the position a long time, but what has he actually done? Has he set good targets for employees to meet? Make plans on how to improve the town or processes? Work to keep things under control and costs down?? Where was Tony on the Rivercrest Condo's fiasco with crumbling sidewalks and cracks. Brumback said it himself - "its clear to me we didn't do a thorough inspection" and Conroy said he "would have never approved the work". This is just one of many and was another nail in the coffin for Tony.
southington resident February 10, 2012 at 06:51 PM
It is so funny how Masci was forced to leave, Egidio was forced to leave and now Tony. It looks like a pattern to me


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