OUR VIEW - We want the truth, we can handle truth

The people of Greenwich deserve answers in the wake of police Chief Kevin VerBurg's sudden resignation after a closed door meeting with Greenwich council last week. Mayor Gary Sprague said the only reason for that discussion was VerBurg has moved out of the village limits he is required to live in the village to hold his position. But when a police chief abruptly resigns and his replacement makes veiled allusions that he wants to "regain public trust," there is clearly more going on than meets the eye.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

 

The people of Greenwich deserve answers in the wake of police Chief Kevin VerBurg's sudden resignation after a closed door meeting with Greenwich council last week.

Mayor Gary Sprague said the only reason for that discussion was VerBurg has moved out of the village limits he is required to live in the village to hold his position. But when a police chief abruptly resigns and his replacement makes veiled allusions that he wants to "regain public trust," there is clearly more going on than meets the eye.

The mayor made matters more complicated, saying VerBurg resigned for "personal reasons." Yet, Sprague refused to talk about the job VerBurg had done, which certainly sounds as if he wasn't sorry to see the chief go.

But why? Was it a clash between the administration and the chief? Was there mismanagement of money? Is there mismanagement or wrongdoing of some kind that has been kept quiet so far? Was it really as simple as the residency requirement?

The rumor mill will surely be running fast soon, with half-truths and innuendo and in fairness, it would have been even if the mayor had more fully disclosed the situation. But, when a proper explanation is lacking, people will often turn to the only other alternatives available.

Public officials often hide behind their fear of being sued and contend they cannot disclose anything that might be conceived as remotely negative about a former employee. But if the truth is on their side, they should have nothing to fear.

Whether VerBurg resigned because of the residency requirement, his desire to move on or because he was "asked to" i.e. fired without being fired, a trend in the public sector we deplore the Greenwich taxpayers deserve to know the truth.