Attorney charged with theft no longer works for Stratford

Updated Aug. 12: An attorney who worked worked on Town of Stratford legal matters, as an employee of a law firm that was hired by the town, is no longer doing so, since he was arrested in June by Fairfield police for allegedly stealing golf equipment from a Fairfield country club and for improper possession of prescription drugs and other drug paraphenalia, according to Town Attorney Tim Bishop.

Garrett Denniston, of Fairfield, then an employee of Bishop, Jackson & Kelly law firm where Bishop is a partner, was put on administrative leave after he was arrested in early June, according to Bishop. “He was very cooperative in transitioning his matters to replacement attorneys,” said Bishop in an email to The Star. Denniston then left the BJK firm and started his own practice, according to Bishop.

Denniston was arrested again this week by Fairfield police for allegedly stealing golf equipment from other area golf facilities. A source said that Stratford Police is investigating a possible connection to alleged thefts in Stratford.

Bishop said Denniston “was employed by BJK and worked on Town matters as a BJK employee. Like other BJK employees who worked on Town files, or the employees of other firms working on Town files, the administration does not get involved in selecting or supervising the individual attorneys that do the work. They entrust a firm to handle a matter, and the firm assigns the work internally depending on the resources available.”

Democrat candidate for mayor Beth Daponte wrote to The Star, “As a Stratford taxpayer, I worry about the quality of the services Mr. Denniston provided to the town, his judgment on important issues. Given Mr. Denniston’s apparent lack of integrity, I am calling for a performance audit of Mr. Denniston’s work for the town and a financial audit of any monies he may have had access to as an attorney working for the town.”

UPDATED PORTION: Mayor Harkins said on Aug. 12 that a review of Denniston’s work was conducted. “Mr. Denniston’s work for the Town of Stratford was confined to employment matters. The HR director and the town attorney have already reviewed all of the files he was handling and found them to be in excellent shape with no issues or cause for concern. The ongoing files have been reassigned.”

 

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