Brookfield will have to cover the legal fees of the former Republican Registrar of Voters who was sued for expelling a woman from the GOP party. Town officials objected to Tom Dunkerton's request saying he was acting in his role as a party official, not in his town employee position when Jane Miller was removed from the voter rolls.
The Newstimes reports that the Judge concluded Dunkerton was acting as Registrar, and therefore the town had to cover legal fees.
Miller was booted from the GOP in 2015 under a little used state law allowing the removal of members for alleged lack of good-faith affiliation, citing her unsuccessful run for the Board of Finance on the Democratic ticket in 2013.
The published report says Dunkerton requested more than $26,000 in legal fee reimbursement, but the amount could be higher since litigation continued after the request was submitted. First Selectman Steve Dunn told the Newstimes that the Boards of Selectmen and Finance will decide whether to appeal. But Dunn said that they may also negotiate the requested amount because Dunkerton's attorney charged $400 an hour.
Miller's appeal to the Supreme Court was dismissed because by that time, the new Republican Registrar added her back to the voter rolls.