I’d like to make a brief response to quotes from Councilman Esarove in the Weekly regarding my question to the town attorney about acceptable options for signatures on the manager’s contract. Perhaps Councilman Esarove needs a reminder that the mayor and all of the councilmen who participated in the 5 year contract extensions in the past were voted out of office, except for one who squeaked by with a narrow margin in 2005 and that member had voted against the contract extensions. Mr. Esarove should also remember that in 2009, he ran on a slate with Dunn, Frost, Stokes and me promising principled leadership and fiscal responsibility. For some of us that was much more than a campaign strategy. It was a genuine commitment to maintain high ethical standards and to hold ourselves and staff accountable to act in the best interests of the people. It’s hard to know where Councilman Esarove is coming from because just a few months ago, he argued forcefully that contracts are never in the best interest of the town and that employee contracts only benefit the employee and will always end up costing the taxpayers, either for severance or in rehiring expense. My request to have those responsible for the decision to give the manager a 5 year contract with a year’s salary as severance was to hold them accountable for their actions. It was neither “personal” nor “political” —only “principled.” I keep my promises and will continue to do so.