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Oxford Tax Collector Leaving for Seymour

Cayenne Spremullo will be assistant tax collector in neighboring town.

Oxford Tax Collector is leaving her position after just six months to take a job as the assistant tax collector in neighboring Seymour.

Spremullo, a 30-year-old elected official, was hired by the Seymour Board of Selectmen Wednesday night. She begins her new job there on July 1.

Spremullo said that due to changes in her personal life, she will no longer be living in Oxford; elected officials must live in town, per the Charter.

"I wouldn't want to ask anyone to make an exception for me; I couldn't do that in good faith," she said.

Spremullo was the first elected tax collector in Oxford after the downfall of , who held the position for 24 years and was arrested in November for stealing hundreds of thousands from the tax office. She is awaiting trial at Milford Superior Court.

When Spremullo was elected as a Republican in November, , including a new computer system that ensures a tax collector could not steal money.

Still, Spremullo said there were so many problems left behind by Guillet that it made it difficult to do the job.

"I had the opportunity to get back to the job I love and I took the opportunity," she said. "But I definitely feel good about what's been accomplished in six months in terms of where this office was and where it is moving forward."

Spremullo said that before she leaves she is going to make sure everything is set for a new tax collector to have a smooth transition.

The Board of Selectmen will fill the vacancy until the next regular election in November 2013, said Town Clerk Margaret West. She said she had not yet received Spremullo's resignation letter as of this morning but is expecting it soon.

Until the board hires someone, assistant tax collector Sharon Scinto will run the office.

Neither Oxford First Selectman George Temple, nor Seymour First Selectman Kurt Miller were immediately available for comment Thursday.

MadHatter June 22, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Sounds like a pattern to me!
MadHatter June 22, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Sharon is leaving too because the job is an elected position, she specifically said so. Who are the Republicans going to appoint now? They don't like Jackie and the person needs to be an Oxford resident, and should be qualified for the position, but because of their misguided efforts about making the Tax Collector hired, they have put the town more at risk. Great job Dave!
Bonnie June 22, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Hey Jon, are you related to her? Anyone in a elected position should expect ridicule! We are entitled to our own opinion about our town and what's best for our town. I personally don't know her, have never said anything bad about her personally but I'd have the same opinion about anyone in this position.
GEG June 22, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Does the Assistant Tax Collector in Seymour earn more than the Tax Collector in Oxford? This might be part of the problem. Why take on all of the mess left by Karen Guillet when you can make more money with less stress somewhere else?
GEG June 22, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Also, if the money was better in Oxford, she might have given more thought to moving from Oxford. Money must be a factor.
Josephine Blow June 22, 2012 at 05:41 PM
I have read all your comments and you are being extremely opinionated and obviously have no compassion for the unknown circumstances of others. Cayenne should be able to do as she sees fit for herself and her family without people who are only self-serving criticizing her. As for Town Hall employees, they applied for jobs when they were available or advertised and were then hired, appointed, etc. If whatever job path or career you chose does not offer those things, you can't blame anyone but yourself! Also, some are salaried, some are hourly, please don't presume to know what you are talking about unless you have researched facts! It is very simple to see if you look at the approved town budget.
Josephine Blow June 22, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Again, what did she do to deserve ridicule? Yes, you have made it clear that YOU are entitled to your opinion, although until you walk in someone else's shoes maybe you should zip it!
Beth June 22, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Good Luck Cayenne. Yes, you were left with more of a mess then you realized after you took the job...I agree, that the Tax Collector position should be an elected one to avoid this mess in the future...I didn't know Jackie Orner, however she was not certified as a Tax Collector, while Sharon was????
Bonnie June 22, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Why should I zip it? I'm entitled under the constitution to voice my opinion! By telling me to zip it you mine as well say "shut up". I NEVER said anything bad about this women, actually NEVER met her since she wasn't in the office when I was there last. Out to lunch? What have I said that offended you so much? Maybe if what people say bothers you so much you outta stay to reading the news paper. NO ONE but herself knows why she's leaving. Everyone says its the money but they don't want their taxes going up so that the town hall employees can be paid more. Why would you all comment on that if you don't want to kick in some extra money? Our education system needs more money too but no one wants to step up for our kids. I also don't need to walk in her shoes, she hasn't (nor have you) walked in mine so until you know me personally please don't comment on something you have no clue about.
Ed Rowland June 22, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Sharon chose not to run because she was going to be moving because of a life situation.The GOP chose Cayene to run in Sharons place.That is fact.None of us here truly knows what is going on in anyones life.Some things are nobodys business. This is not a GOP or DEM. thing.It is about Oxford.Sadly it will take many years for the Tax Collectors mess to be cleaned up and to have trust in that office from the public.The charter change was voted on.It is what it is.This is clearly emotional for some and I respect that.Hopefully the BOS will appoint someone who is certified and we move forward from that point.
Dave June 22, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Sharon chose what was best for her to stay in her current position. Jacky was not qualified for the position. Cayenne is and was not elected into the position. The town citizens chose the tax collector. Cayenne is leaving on her own accord and her own choice. A new tax collector will be chosen soon and will be qualified by election time or will be voted out. The town citizens will make the final choice in 2013. We will also be choosing the town clerk in the 2013 election. The selectman or either town committee will not be choosing the next tax collector or town clerk in 2013.......YOU WILL. If you feel you don't have enough information to make those choices leave them blank or just stay home.
Ed Rowland June 22, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Dave,I may be mistaken but as I recall Sharon was endorsed by GOP town committee to run.She accepted and later declined for personal reasons and then Cayene was selected to run and she was elected.Your above post states that she was not elected.I am sure Jackie would have been qualified for the job in the near future.Nothing says the tax collector must be qualified before being elected.It just happened that Cayene is and was qualified.Also as you stated the new tax collector will be qualified by election or voted out.So in reality anyone could be elected tax collector without being qualified or certified.Your above post might be a little confusing to some.I also think that in your position as GOP Chairperson you should be encouraging people to get involved and not telling them to stay home.Just my opinion.Not trying to stir things up.
jon June 22, 2012 at 08:11 PM
yes but now our lives are taking different paths i support her in her job change it is more secure for her and our daughter , and why should they expect ridicule ,and yes you are entitled to your opinon but somethimes you should keep your mouth shut if you dont know all the facts
Dad in Oxford June 22, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Ed, Sharon was chosen by the GOP and then opted to drop out because she was going to be moving, BUT she said agreed the position should be HIRED so that the Tax Collector didn't need to live in the Town. This is partly why Cheyenne is leaving the job too, because she cannot hold the position if she lives in another town. The GOP got the vote out two years ago to "Vote NO" to the Charter Committee's recommendation to make it a HIRED position. The GOP is partly to fault here because if it was a hired position, it could be filled with a qualified person immediately instead of appointing someone who is unqualified and hoping they are qualified by the 2013 election (see Dave's comment above).
Dad in Oxford June 22, 2012 at 08:28 PM
No Dave, the only choice the residents have is what the Republicans and Democrats give us, that is not a choice, that is an ultimatum. What if the both of you put forward unqualified candidates because they were friends of yours and needed a job, you call that a choice?
Ed Rowland June 22, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Thanks Dad.I thought I had things pretty much correct.I understand Cayene is living in another town.Lets hope the BOS can appoint someone regardless of party who can do the job.But we all know Oxford .This will most likely end up political.
Dave June 22, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Yes Ed Sharon was endorsed but chose not to run, the RTC did endorse Cayenne and was challenged by Jacki at the Caucus. Cayenne won the endorsement of the Republican party not just the committee. After that Jacki ran as a Dem and lost the town wide election. The majority of voting citizens in town voted for Cayenne and she won most likely because she was more qualified and certified. That is you opinion that Jacki would have been qualified eventually and I will not spread rumors to the contrary. And you would probably know the music group that sings "if you choose not to decide you still have made a choice". Point is the voters get to choose both positions and the person that holds them can be removed from their positions by the voters if they do not perform.Not have to wait for the union arbitration to decide or a politically motivated selectman. I do encourage all to get involved and vote but I believe that voters need to educate themselves on who they are voting for and why. We should not give up our right to make a decision to others to make for us, so if you read my statement voters can choose to leave those spots empty. They can also choose to stay home and unfortunately many do.
Dave June 22, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Also Ed I do believe Cayenne is unaffiliated.
Ed Rowland June 22, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Dave,I was just using Jackie as an example.Many people that are hired or elected are not qualified but are given the time needed to become qualified or certified.Past ZEO were not qualified but were given a reasonable amount of time.You and I don't agree on much if anything but as you said voters need to educate themselves about candidates.
Janis Hardy June 23, 2012 at 12:13 AM
I wonder where the R and the D Town Committees will be finding a fully certified Oxford resident to be a candidate for tax Collector for the 2013 election. Remember, they are the only ones with the power of choice. And I mean that word "power" literally. Some just couldn't adjust to giving up that 'power'! That's why we can't hire a fully qualified person right now. The Oxford resident who will be appointed will likely not be certified, and will not get certified via the certification process before election day. That's what happened with Jackie. She had only completed about half of the required courses by election day, as will be the case with the next uncertified appointee. So how do the residents of Oxford benefit? We had a qualified person in Sharon, but because she had to move out of Town, she couldn't keep the job. Same with Cayenne, fully qualified and certified, but couldn't remain in Town, so we lost another good person. All this because some people just couldn't give up their 'power'. Somehow I find this so hypocritical because they choose the First Selectman candidate and promote his/her election to the highest office in town government, but then they turn around and tell that person, "Sorry, but we don't trust your ability to make a simple hiring decision." Not to mention all the other important positions the First Selectman/BOS have the power to fill by hiring......
Dave June 23, 2012 at 12:27 AM
You are Wrong Read the charter and then ask Janis Hardy. She was not chosen and partitioned for a place on the ballot. If all you have are complaints for R's and D's form your own party and put up your candidates, Oh and raise the money needed to run the campaigns. We take the time to interview and screen all candidates before we endorse any one then we must go in front of a caucus and have to be endorsed by the party. Only then will you see their names on a ballot for you to choose. Voters have the easiest part of the whole process and even then hardly take the time to vote. It does not end their as the winners(if that's what you will call them) Go to their boards most for FREE as the only paid are the selectmen,Town clerk, Tax collector, and voter registrar. If you care or even know how it works you would not even dare post what you did. People that are elected to any board or are appointed to serve are some of the most dedicated people I have had the honor to meet. Only then will you find out how it is to work for free.
Janis Hardy June 23, 2012 at 12:35 AM
So Dave, this is the position of the Chairman of the RTC? Get certified or get voted out? Terrible standards! The new appointee will not get certified by election day, so we residents have to endure this process over and over again? We elect an uncertified person, pay to get that person certified (responsibility of the Town), muddle through 2 or 3 years before they are fully certified and maybe start to get a handle on the job, then we face repeating this process again in the next election? Or voters do all this, then the elected person quits to get a better paying job someplace else, with more job security? Oxford is no longer a small town with 4,000 residents. We don't have the time or the financial resources to waste repeating this process every 4 years. We need a qualified, certified, technologically competent individual froim day one to do this job, and it deserves to be paid enough to discourage any temptation of dishonesty. Four years ago there wasn't a stronger advocate for keeping the Tax Collector and the Town Clerk elected. However, I have been convinced by our recent tragedy, the study committee, and a more thorough education about the issue to change my position. Unfortunately for you, I call this change "growth".
Dave June 23, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Janis I beleive that Cayanne fit into the being ready on day one. Was the town going to hold her hand and guide her through her personal choices? As it is a growing town I'm sure that a talented and capable individual will be found to fill that posistion.
Dave June 23, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Janis remember, Cheyenne won because of experience not party affiliation as she is unaffiliated. Jackie is a republican was not chosen by the republicans and picked up by the democrats as they had no other choice. She was not overlooked because of being chosen by Rogers. Are you saying just because George gets to choose we will have the same situation. It is always the best candidate in the eye of the voter that wins. It's called democracy.
Brett Olbrys June 23, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Remember, per our Charter change (7-9c), "Vacancies shall be filled by the appointment of a member of the same political party as that of the vacating member or by appointment of a person not affiliated with a political party."
Dave June 23, 2012 at 12:39 PM
So she will be replaced with a Republican or unaffiliated as she is caucused as a Republican and ran on our endorsed slate.
Get Real June 24, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Thank you Brett, Janis and Ed Rowland for your knowledgeable posts. They are the ones that need to be read on this issue. It is correct to say that Mrs. Guillet's replacement did not have to be fully certified as that is what the job description states. Ability to deal with the public, understanding the statutes and following job procedures are as important as certification. Mrs. Orner did an excellent job considering what she walked into under very difficult circumstances. Everyone should also remember the positive changes she instituted before Caynenne ever stepped foot in that office. Neither of those individuals should be criticized for trying to help the taxpayers of Oxford and for trying to restore honesty to the position.
Janis Hardy June 28, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Dad, in response to your comment: "The GOP got the vote out two years ago to "Vote NO" to the Charter Committee's recommendation to make it a HIRED position. The GOP is partly to fault here because if it was a hired position, it could be filled with a qualified person immediately instead of appointing someone who is unqualified and hoping they are qualified by the 2013 election (see Dave's comment above)." If the charter revision had been approved, Sharon could have been HIRED as the tax collector in January, 2011. If the revision had passed, Cheyenne woudn't have had to quit because she is/has moved. Now we have lost our opportunity to keep two qualified, certified individuals who likely would have kept the position of tax collector had it not been for the residency requirement. Even though much has been done by the committee, by Jackie, by Sharon and by Cheyenne to clean up the mess left by Karen, I think the job will be daunting for someone to take on who has no prior experience as a tax collector. I am hoping it will not be a tough position to fill.... I am also hoping that the taxpayers of Oxford, who are still rightfully angry over this whole mess, will not take their frustrations out on the person appointed to fill the position......
Oxford Resident June 28, 2012 at 11:07 AM
Whoever Mr. Temple appoints, it needs to be someone who has experience and not someone who is getting the job simply because that person is his friend! We do not need another "Shoe Salesman" in the Tax Office, we need someone who is knowledgeable with the collecting of taxes. A Certified Tax Collector, in Cheyenne, couldn't handle the rigors of the job, so what do you think someone who has no experience will do? This appointment will go a long way in the our eyes about how Mr. Temple views the residents of Oxford's needs. If he appoints someone without ANY Tax Collecting experience, given the situation we are currently in, it shows you he does not care about the residents, he simply cares about taking care of his "friends". Let's see who he appoints - 16, 10.
Oxford Resident June 28, 2012 at 08:24 PM
NEW Oxford Tax Collector to be named - Paula Jensen (16, 10).

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