Hampton Steps Down, Shannon Knall Appointed to Board of Selectmen

As John Hampton moves on to the Conn. General Assembly, Shannon Knall will be appointed to complete the remainder of his term.

It was a bittersweet moment for members of the Simsbury Board of Selectmen as they bid farewell to Deputy First Selectman John Hampton and welcomed his replacement on the board.

The board voted unanimously Monday night to approve the resignation of John Hampton to be effective January 15, 2013. Hampton, elected to represent Simsbury as state representative for the 16th District in the Connecticut General Assembly, was sworn in to his new position at the state capital on Jan. 9.

“I want to thank you for 9 years of service to the town of Simsbury," First Selectman Mary Glassman said.

Hampton was presented with a framed photo of Eno Memorial Hall in Simsbury by his Republican counterparts on the board as they wished him well in his new role.

Following the approval of Hampton's resignation, the board voted unanimously  to accept the nomination by the Democratic Town Committee to appoint Shannon Knall to complete Hampton's term as selectman.

"The opportunity to serve my community is an honor and I am looking forward to working in partnership with my fellow Selectmen for the benefit of Simsbury," Knall said.

Knall is currently a member of the Simsbury Economic Development Commission and is the host of "The Simsbury Woman," a program on Simsbury Community Television that highlights issues of importance to women.

"Shannon has demonstrated her commitment to public service time and again," Glassman said in a statement. "She has a strong work ethic and is committed to making Simsbury the best it can be. I am thrilled to have her join us on the Board of Selectment."

Knall has been a resident of Simsbury for ten years with her husband Mark and their three children: Jack, Patrick and Jameson. As founder and executive director of the Well Served Tennis Academy, a local tennis camp for autistic children, Knall is a strong advocate for people with disabilities.

Glassman announced her nomination to appoint Selectman Lisa Heavner to replace Hampton as Deputy First Selectman, but accepted the request of Republican board members to postpone the vote until Knall can officially cast a vote.

Knall will be sworn in to office by Carolyn Keily, Simsbury's Town Clerk, on Tuesday January 15, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at town hall.

Highway Worker January 15, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Good luck John! And it was great working with you on various townwide issues. Alwayys remember my field is your field. Now, for current business, seriously, Lisa Heavner as Deputy First Selectman????! The true Deputy First Selectman should be Moira Worthheimer she has served on the Board the longest and knows the ins and outs of the position better than anyone. Also, we do need a little balance in town government.
Diane January 15, 2013 at 01:16 PM
Excuse me but why aren't we voting on this. Seems the dems insisted on that a little while ago.
Highway Worker January 15, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Yes Diane they did, it was David Ryan I believe who made the insistance when Tom was selectman.
James Miller January 15, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Perhaps some information from your local library might help: Simsbury Town Charter Section 205. Vacancies - elective offices. Any vacancy on the Board of Selectmen shall be filled within thirty (30) days of such vacancy in accordance with Section 9-222 of the General Statutes. Any such vacancy shall be filled by the appointment of a member of the same political party as the person vacating the office in the event said person was affiliated with a political party. Except as otherwise provided in this Charter, if there is a regular town election, as defined in Section 9-1 of the General Statutes, before the expiration of the term of any office in which a vacancy occurs, such office shall be filled until the election by appointment as provided herein and subsequently by the election of a person to fill that office for the remaining portion of the term, such person to take office at the time provided in Section 302 of this Charter for the commencement of terms of office.
Robert Kalechman January 15, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Once again the democratic bell ringers pop up to cover the the vacancy on the board of selectmen simsbury is not a dictatorship Diane is right this vacancy should go to the voters to select a new selectman not the town committee in this case the democratic Town Committee and more likely then not just one or two democrats made the selection i Notice the democratic attack dog was there Mr Allen Needham who attacked in his letter to the Simsbury News the Working Family Candidate Ms Noble so let the people Vote the Charter cannot stop people from Voting or can it That charter was put together by the political appointees of the democratic town committee once again they dictate to the voters this is not right What is good for one party should not be the rule and is not good for the voter of simsbury Demand your rights don't let the democratic town chairman and his attack dogs take away your right to vote and your constitution right to vote


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