NORWALK, Conn. – Former Assistant Town Clerk Debbie Troy is finally getting her chance to appeal the decision to fire her in an arbitration hearing scheduled for Thursday at Norwalk City Hall.
Troy, who was arrested Oct. 30 in the case of money missing from the Town Clerk’s office, was fired on June 26. The arbitration hearing was originally scheduled for December.
Norwalk Personnel Director Emmet Hibson said the hearing is expected to go all day. It is not open to the public.
“I reviewed the file just to know what is going on but I’m not putting the case on,” said Hibson, who began work in Norwalk on March 27.
An arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association will run the hearing, which will be held on the third floor.
“The city will have the burden in a discipline case,” he said. “So the city will put witnesses on and then the union will put its witnesses on. Then the arbitrator will ask for briefs and make a decision. So other than the fact that they are having the arbitration on Thursday, I’d be surprised if you have any result from that – I would think 90 days would be when the decision comes out.”
The arbitration statute calls for a decision within 60 days and its “typically two or three weeks” for briefs to be submitted, he said.
Norwalk Police charged Troy with larceny first degree. Since then, charges of illegal alteration of records, forgery second degree and tampering with physical evidence were added by the State’s Attorney.
Troy’s case is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing May 14 in Stamford Superior Court. It is the eighth time the case has been on the docket.