Ex-OPM secretary, and incoming finance director in East Hartford, owed $2,300 in taxes

Mar. 4—EAST HARTFORD — Melissa McCaw, who not long ago stepped down as secretary of the point out price range office environment to turn out to be the town’s new finance director, was overdue in shelling out $2,310 in home taxes to the town of Middletown, records indicate.

Middletown tax documents showed this week that McCaw owed $1,677.66 on a car or truck registered in her identify in that city, a 2019 Infiniti QX80 Lux assessed at $34,980. The two installments, which had been $769.57 each, have been owing July 1, 2021, and Jan. 1, 2022. The past owing bill in the long run generated $138.52 in curiosity just before it was at some point paid out just after a reporter started creating inquiries.


Car TAX: $1,677.66, such as $138.52 curiosity. Payments ended up due July 1, 2021, and Jan. 1, 2022. The invoice was paid in entire March 3.

H2o & SEWER: $632.61, like $44.17 in desire, jointly less than McCaw and her husband’s identify. Payment was owing Nov. 1, 2021. Team in the Middletown tax collector’s office environment predicted it would be paid by right now.

Overall OWED: $2,310.27.

Employees in the Middletown tax collector’s office environment reported Thursday early morning that a household owned by McCaw and her partner in that town also experienced an remarkable water and sewer tax invoice for $632.61, that was thanks Nov. 1, 2021. The principal balance for the bill was $588.44, with $44.17 in accrued interest.

In advance of the expenses were being paid out, East Hartford Mayor Mike Walsh — who just lately hired McCaw to oversee his town’s finance department like tax collections — claimed Wednesday afternoon that he was not knowledgeable of the unpaid taxes and would inquire McCaw to get treatment of them.

“It desires to be remedied ahead of she starts,” Walsh claimed. McCaw’s to start with day on the work is scheduled for March 14.

Late Thursday morning McCaw reported that all fantastic tax charges owed to Middletown experienced been paid in total.

“As a professional woman who operates 14-hour days, a mom of a few remarkable young children with a really demanding occupation, oversights occur and have been remedied,” McCaw mentioned when requested about the lapse.

Middletown records point out that the car tax bill was paid out in entire on Thursday. Middletown team mentioned Thursday morning that they anticipate the water and sewer invoice would be compensated that working day, but could not be reached Friday morning to confirm if it experienced been paid, as yet.

McCaw took the new occupation as East Hartford’s finance director after Gov. Ned Lamont declared her departure as head of the point out Workplace of Coverage and Administration on Feb. 25. Her departure arrived on the heels of a federal investigation into her former deputy secretary, Konstantinos “Kosta” Diamantis, and the managing of faculty development grants and the redevelopment of the state pier in New London.

McCaw hired Diamantis as deputy secretary at OPM in 2019. He was placed on administrative leave in October, and subsequently resigned. Officers are investigating the selecting of his daughter by Chief State’s Legal professional Richard Colangelo Jr., coinciding with Colangelo asking Diamantis for raises for his staff members.

When McCaw was Diamantis’ supervisor, there have been no public allegations that she acted improperly.

As East Hartford’s finance director, McCaw will triumph Linda Trzetziak, who introduced her retirement in November.

Walsh beforehand served as the town’s finance director for 23 decades, and labored with McCaw as an undersecretary at OPM from 2019 to 2021.

McCaw will be using a pay back slice in the new place. She was paid out $204,255 in 2021 as OPM secretary, according to point out data, and the city of East Hartford will pay out her $165,000 as its finance director.

Joseph addresses East Hartford and South Windsor. He joined the JI in July 2021. Joseph graduated from the College of Connecticut and he is an avid guitarist and espresso enthusiast.

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