WESTPORT, Conn. -- Bob Zappi has withdrawn his name from the operations manager position as part of the reorganization of the first selectman's office, Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe announced.
Zappi's withdrawal is effective immediately.
“In my enthusiasm to get going for Westport, I moved quickly," said Marpe. "The opportunity to take advantage of Bob’s 30-year track record of helping Fortune 500 companies enhance their organization and operations was compelling.
"The transition from campaign mode to governing would have been seamless based on the trust, respect and success Bob demonstrated during my campaign. I chose Bob because of his proven abilities, knowledge of town government and the people who lead it.”
Some saw the appointment as a partisan decision, "which was never the intention," Marpe said.
“Given this perception, Bob felt that he could not make the contribution he wanted to both Westport and my administration," Marpe said. "Therefore, he has chosen to withdraw. This action is a testament to Bob’s character and devotion to the Town of Westport."
Marpe said he and Selectman Avi Kaner intend to continue the promise of bipartisan consensus.
“Further reorganization will reflect that commitment," Marpe said. "Our broad-based support during the recent campaign clearly demonstrated the desires of Westporters to put the town ahead of politics. We appreciate your continued support as we work together to move Westport forward."
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