By Nancy Guenther Chapman
NORWALK, Conn. – A lawyer ending her tenure in Norwalk’s legal department will be missed, one of her supervisors says. A Norwalk pol agrees she was helpful, but wonders why Corporation Counsel Robert Maslan lied to the public over the issue.
The Common Council was expected to confirm Linda Guliuzza’s reappointment as Norwalk assistant corporation counsel last Tuesday, but instead, Maslan announced that she had resigned. Although he said her reasons were “strictly personal in nature,” Guliuzza sent an email to the council two days later saying that the only reason she had resigned was “gross salary inequities.”
Reached by phone, Guliuzza, an ordinance employee, declined to elaborate.
“I’m disappointed to find out that Corporation Counsel essentially lied to the public and council that she resigned for personal reasons,” said Council member Warren Peña (D-At Large) in an email. “This is the sixth incident where corporation counsel has lied to me in the past year, so I’m not surprised that the truth came out a day later. At this point, you have to take what he says with a grain of salt or assume he might not be telling the truth.”
Peña declined to detail the other incidents he felt Maslan had been dishonest about. “It seems like a reoccurring theme with this administration,” he said. “I don’t get why corporation counsel could not just tell us the truth up front, or perhaps even privately. It’s one of those things, the less the council knows the better – in this administration’s eyes.”
Maslan did not respond to a request for comment.
Guilizza has been an asset to the city, Deputy Corporation Counsel Jeffry Spahr said in an email.
“I was surprised to hear that she wished to leave,” he said. “She has been a very effective and dedicated attorney in our office. Certainly she has saved the city a great deal of money with her thoroughness and willingness to engage the opposing side in the courtroom when she believed that such a course of action was warranted.”
Peña said, “I understand Linda was an asset to the law department and was very helpful to me when I had questions.”
Guilizza said in her email that she has been with Norwalk for more than five years.
Spahr said, “We all wish her well and unite in the feeling that we will miss her and her hard work.”