NORWALK, Conn. – The president of the Norwalk chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) issued a statement Wednesday night distancing the organization from a letter sent to the media by the organization’s first vice president and a former firefighter, Andre Williams, calling for the Norwalk fire chief’s resignation.
“The letter that was sent to the press by Andre Williams was not approved by the board in the regular course of business and did not express the views of the board or the member of the branch,”
wrote in the statement. “Mr. Williams’ actions are a serious breach of our Branch’s policies and a violation of the NAACP’s By-laws. … I will be seeking sanctions against Mr. Williams” that could result in his removal from office.
A letter released on the NAACP letterhead Monday by Williams accused Chief Denis McCarthy of racism and called for his ouster. Crosland said Tuesday the letter was not authorized, Williams disagreed and said it was discussed at an NAACP executive board meeting and was, in fact, authorized.
Crosland, an attorney and a Democratic candidate for probate judge, said at the time he had spoken about the matter with the state-wide president. “Only the president of the branch speaks. That’s just the rule,” he said.
Attached below is a copy of Crosland’s complete statement, a copy of Williams’ letter and a copy of McCarthy’s contract, which states he must be given 90 days’ notice before his contract expires if he is not going to be retained, or it automatically renews. His contract was up May 1, meaning it self-renewed for one year as of Jan. 31.