AVON — Long time Code Enforcement Officer for the Town of Avon, Tony Cappello was shown the door by the Avon town board.
Cappello was relieved of his duties as Code Enforcement Officer for the Town of Avon, when the town learned that Cappello had further training to complete in order to be fully certified as a code enforcement officer.
“I don’t know how after almost ten years they could just let me go like that,” said Cappello. “They wouldn’t even let me explain.”
Cappello’s fate was determined during an executive session that took place after a town board meeting, four weeks ago. Cappello was not asked to stay during the executive session and was not aware of the situation until he was let go through a phone call the next morning.
Dean O’Keefe has been named the new Code Enforcement Officer for the Town of Avon while Cappello continues his code enforcement training.
“Part of the job is to be in compliance,” said David LeFeber, Town of Avon Supervisor.
However, Cappello still holds his full time position as Code Enforcement Officer for the Village of Avon.
“We took a different direction than the town when it came to allowing Tony to stay with us,” said Tom Freeman, Mayor for the Village of Avon.
At the joint Village and Town of Avon meeting held Thursday, July 25, both boards discussed the next steps for code enforcement in Avon.
“There is becoming fewer of us and it is getting hard to maintain,” said O’Keefe.
Along with filling in for Cappello as the Code Enforcement Officer for the Town of Avon, O’Keefe also is the Code Enforcement Officer in the Town of Geneseo as well.
“I am only planning on being around for another three years, I am not the long term option,” said O’Keefe.
Requests stirred throughout Town of Avon board members as to whether or not Cappello could be reinstated as the Code Enforcement Officer for the Town of Avon.
“I would like to give Tony a chance to come back,” said Richard Steen, Town of Avon Councilman.
The Town of Avon is entertaining the idea of paying for Cappello’s training.
“If Tony gets his last course in September done than that would meet his requirements,” said LeFeber.
Cappello was not present at the Town and Village joint meeting Thursday nor was he present at the meeting that took place one month ago when the Town of Avon determined he would be relieved of his duties as Code Enforcement Officer.
“As soon as I get my training hours that I need, I would be glad to come back and work for the Town of Avon,” said Cappello.
Cappello has not been contacted by the Town of Avon in any way since the morning he was released.