Raymond Martin has resigned as chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission following an Ethics Board investigation that found he violated town ethics for pleading guilty to falsely reporting a stolen car. His resignation takes effect on July 19.
The Board of Selectmen accepted Martin’s resignation at its May 4 meeting.
First Selectman David Bindelglass said Martin’s July 19 resignation will provide the time needed to find his replacement and allow Martin to be involved in a succession plan.
“The chairman has a different role than other members of the board so we want to make sure that the transition is smooth,” he said.
In February, Martin appeared before the Board of Selectmen to ask the Ethics Board to investigate his acceptance of the guilty verdict for falsely reporting his car was stolen in September 2021, and “any other prior incidents, criminal or otherwise.” Some in town publicly called for his resignation and filed ethics complaints against him with the board.
Martin was arrested on Sept. 7, 2021 by Stratford police for allegedly lying about an accident after he hit a parked car and left the scene. Martin pleaded guilty on Jan. 31 in Bridgeport Superior Court under the Alford Doctrine. Martin received a one-year suspended sentence followed by two years of conditional discharge. Martin was also convicted in 2017 for his admitted role in a steroid distribution ring. Federal authorities sentenced Martin, who was a member of Easton’s Police Commission at the time of his arrest in 2015, to three years of probation and ordered him to pay a $10,000 fine.
Martin’s resignation letter sent to the Board of Selectman on April 25 states that he regrets and acknowledges his personal errors and will continue to accept responsibility and accountability for them. But he believes the Ethics Board was wrong in concluding that “these regrettable personal errors violated Town’s Ordinances or had any relationship with my public service to the Town of Easton.”
“I am proud of the fact that I have always faithfully and ethically discharged my duties as a public servant to the Town of Easton. I have never taken any action in the discharge of my duties that have compromised any rights, privileges, or interests of any citizen in its dealings with the Town,” the letter states.
Martin was appointed to the commission in 2019.