To the editor:
During Thursday night’s candidate forum a question was directed to Councilwoman Cathie Tattrie regarding the methods used to evaluate applicants for board appointments. Ms. Tattrie responded by stating she favored protocol to promote alternates in spite of the qualifications and experience of other applicants. Now I find this interesting since protocol was not used several years ago when I had applied for a position on the Conservation Commission and prior to that meeting was the only candidate who had applied within the mandatory 30-day period.
Councilman Davison Bolster spoke up to say the most qualified individuals should be appointed to boards regardless of the circumstances.
To me this opinion makes sense. Shouldn’t the object be to appoint the most qualified people to our town’s boards? I do not understand the logic behind her statement.
Back In December 2011 there were three appointments to the Planning Board made by the Town Council. Ms. Tattrie chose to vote against one of the candidates, Douglas Kallfelz, an eminently qualified architect with a master’s degree in design from Harvard. In addition to his academic pedigree he also has experience in many of the areas including civic buildings and mixed used housing. He is the Vice President of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. As I recall she was the only councilman to vote against him.