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A new resident trooper

SALISBURY — The Board of Selectmen welcomed the new resident state trooper, Chris Sorrell, at the regular monthly meeting Oct. 3.Sorrell gave the selectmen a quick sketch of his resume — 12 years on the force, with a stint in the Western District Major Crimes unit.He said he planned to do some patrolling on a bicycle. First Selectman Curtis Rand reported to the board that he has asked department heads in town to buy American-made goods when possible.“I think it’s a small effort by our town to help support the American economy.”Rand said he was inspired when he visited a store in search of a new shovel and couldn’t find a domestically made product.Rand also reported that other members of the Northwestern Connecticut Council of Governments were not enthusiastic about a proposal to establish a regional council to hear ethics complaints. The council is made up of first selectmen from nine Litchfield County towns, including the six towns of the Region One School District.Selectman Jim Dresser said such complaints are difficult to administer within a town, and the regional council would allow impartial individuals from other towns to hear cases.Asked how ethics complaints are currently handled, Rand said they are handled internally in cases that involve town employees. And in the case of elected officials, it’s been left to the voters, Dresser added.“Periodically people recuse themselves from things,” Rand said, noting that all three selectmen had done so in recent years.Rand said work at Town Hall, on windows and the cupola (see photos, Page A14), was progressing on schedule, and made a special note of thanking Rick McCue for providing the specifications for the bidders without charge.“He did not bid on the project; he didn’t intend to.”

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