Shingleton, a Democrat who was elected in 2007, said that he plans to attend Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government part time starting in September and that Francis Monnes, deputy first selectman, will fill in for him when he’s not available at town hall.
“It’ll be a good chance to move onward and upward,” he said. “They play very dirty in Cromwell.” (Polanco)
Shingleton’s tenure has been marked with odd incidents, such as trying to dismiss a popular police chief and calling for an investigation of the Middletown Press’s coverage of his administration.
Shingleton began signaling his disinterest in running on Friday with a one-sentence email to the Cromwell DTC saying he didn’t want their endorsement. The DTC had adopted a no-confidence resolution against Shingleton earlier in the week. However, he didn’t make his plans clear until yesterday.
Attorney John Flanders is the likely Democratic nominee for first selectman. Mertie Terry, the widow of a former first selectman, is considering the GOP nomination.
Polanco, Monica. “Cromwell First Selectman Shingleton Won’t Run For Re-Election, Plans To Attend Harvard.” Hartford Courant 16 June, 2009.