EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut State Police Union has voted no confidence in Gov. Ned Lamont and two state police leaders for what they say is a failure to support troopers and because of parts of a new police reform law.
The union announced the results of the symbolic votes Tuesday. Of the 707 ballots deemed valid, the Democratic governor received 687 votes of no confidence, while Public Safety Commissioner James Rovella received 681 and Lt. Col. J. Scott Eckersley received 682.
Rovella spokesman Brian Foley called the votes “political posturing” by union leadership and said they do not affect the good work troopers do. He claimed troopers were pressured by the union to vote no confidence.
Lamont spokesman Max Reiss declined to comment. Eckersley did not respond to an email seeking his response to the votes.
Union leaders criticized Lamont for signing the bill, Rovella for failing to speak out against portions of the legislation and Eckersley for alleged failures in leadership, among other reasons.
The union opposes some sections of the reform bill that Lamont signed into law July 31. Troopers say one section would make it easier to sue officers, which they say would deter people from becoming police officers and prompt a wave of retirements.
Another section, they say, would strip away exemptions to public records laws in the state police contract that bar the release of personnel files in certain circumstances. The union is suing the state in federal court, asking a judge to declare parts of the law unconstitutional.