The Wilton Fire Commission has extended a conditional offer of employment to Matthew Marcarelli to be the next chief of the Wilton Fire Department. He would succeed Paul Milositz, who retired in July.
Mr. Marcarelli is director of training for the city of New Haven Fire Department. But his name may be familiar to some as a member of the group known as the New Haven 20 who sued the city of New Haven for discrimination in the Fire Department’s promotion process. They were a group of 19 white firefighters and one Hispanic who claimed they were discriminated against when they were not promoted after passing an exam in 2003. The group claimed they were denied promotions “because we are White or Hispanic and not enough Black candidates succeeded,” according to a case summary on the website newhaven20.com.