Four named to security task force

The Wilton Security Task Force took a closer step toward reality at the Board of Selectmen meeting Tuesday night, Feb. 19, with the appointment of four citizen members. A total of six individuals interviewed for the positions, with all the candidates considered to be strong. Each person had experience in public safety or a security background.

The concern for First Selectman Bill Brennan was that the entire Board of Selectmen didn’t interview each candidate.

“Storms caused meetings to be canceled,” Mr. Brennan said. “Hal [Clark] and I interviewed all of the candidates.”

Selectman Ted Hoffstatter suggested Mr. Brennan select the four candidates and, unless there was any strong objection, the choices would stand.

Mr. Brennan said all of the candidates were qualified, and that of the six candidates, four would be selected for the task force, with two remaining as alternates.

Selected to the task force were Roseann DeSimone, John Suchy, John Logan, and Terrie Schwartz.

Ms. DeSimone served on the town crisis team for 22 years and is a member of the Wilton High School crisis team. Mr. Suchy has an extensive background in the Norwalk Police Department.

Having served in the Navy for 20 years, Mr. Logan was the director of field support services for the United Nations Department of Safety and Security. Ms. Schwartz was a supervising agent with the FBI, as well as the assistant director of homeland security in New York state.

James Curto, a former security inspector with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Robert Satterwhite, who deals in industrial organizational psychology and the workplace, will serve as alternates.

Both are welcome to attend the meetings in an advisory position.

Second Selectman Harold Clark will serve as the liaison for the Board of Selectmen. Wilton police Chief Michael Lombardo also pledged his support to the task force.

The goal is to have the task force in place by March 1, with specific objectives addressed at the next Selectmen’s meeting, on March 4.