At their meeting June 20, selectmen fell to argument once again on the newly implemented town appointment process that involves the board interviewing all candidates for non-elected positions. Second Selectman Michael Kaelin wants candidates to submit applications in writing, and he wants the partisan town committees to explain their recommendations of candidates, also in writing. Why? So candidates can be screened. Selectmen have been starting meetings late to squeeze in interviews and their plate is growing fuller by the day. \u201cWe may just save a lot of time, and it\u2019s also fair,\u201d Kaelin said, \u201cbecause it\u2019s a level playing field for everybody to do it that way, to get the submissions in writing first, meet and review all the candidates at the same time in the same format, and then decide to interview them if necessary.\u201d But First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice said the board should expect \u201canywhere from 15 to 20 applicants for the current vacancies,\u201d and she doesn\u2019t want any segment of that group to be turned away, not when they did all they were told by selectmen they needed to do. \u201cSo would that be applied to this group [of current candidates], or is that something we set up for the future?\u201d Selectman David Clune asked. \u201cI\u2019m proposing it for this group, because \u2026 there\u2019s going to be 10 people for five spots. I think it makes sense to look at their written submission before we spend the time to interview them,\u201d Kaelin said. \u201cIf somebody has gone through the process of meeting and interviewing with one of the parties, than I think they deserve from us an interview. Same thing \u2014 if somebody's done a petition and they\u2019ve gotten 100 signatures and they put all that effort in, I think we owe them an interview,\u201d Vanderslice said. \u201cI am prepared to interview everybody.\u201d \u201cI feel like we owe it to those people. We told the Republican and the Democratic town committees that we were going to treat everybody equally. If i\u2019m the only one who does it, that\u2019s fine,\u201d she said. Kaelin disagreed. He said the Board of Selectmen has bitten of more than it can chew, resulting in unfair treatment of the candidates. \u201cBut Lynne, the problem with the interviews is we\u2019re not treating everybody equally,\u201d he said, \u201cbecause we do two tonight, two on a Saturday, two at some other time, and we\u2019re only giving them 15 minutes each. Whenever I\u2019ve been on a search committee, working with professional search consultants, they always set it up so that whatever screen you have is the same for everybody that does it.\u201d \u201cThat\u2019s fine; I don\u2019t have a problem with that,\u201d Vanderslice said. \u201cI\u2019m just saying I plan to interview everybody [who has already applied]. I think if you go through all the effort to get this far, you\u2019re entitled to an interview. To turn people away without even meeting them, I\u2019m just not comfortable with that.\u201d Information the board is seeking would include where candidates have lived for the last 10 years, what volunteer positions they\u2019ve held over the course of those 10 years, and statements as to why they want to be appointed, and why they think they should be. The compromise was that Vanderslice will request the desired information now, but will not use it to screen any candidate that has already applied to fill a vacancy. \u201cI will go back to the town committees and I will tell them that when they recommend somebody, this is the form that we would like to see filled out, these are the questions that we would like to have answered. If anybody comes through with a petition, I\u2019ll ask them to provide that same documentation,\u201d Vanderslice said. \u201cWe\u2019ll then distribute everything, and [selectmen] can look at it and decide if they want to come to an interview, but unless I know the person really well, I plan on interviewing everybody,\u201d she said.