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Connecticut CPA
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March/April 2014
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n accordance with Connecticut
General Statutes Sec. 20-280 (a),
the CTCPA is working with the of-
fice of Governor Dannel Malloy to fill
four vacant practitioner seats on the
Connecticut State Board of Accoun-
tancy (SBoA). The statute calls for the
CTCPA to submit names of licensees
qualified for membership on the SBoA
to the governor, from among whom he
shall make his appointments.
In addition to the practitioner vacan-
cies, there are three public member
vacancies.
Former SBoA chairman Thomas F.
Reynolds resigned effective June
2013. Public member Lee Schlesinger
resigned following the Board's October
2013 meeting. Neither vacancy has
been filled.
In a letter to Governor Malloy dated
January 13, 2014, practitioner mem-
bers Michael Weinshel and Leonard
M. Romaniello and public members
James Ciarcia and Richard Stur-
devant announced their resignations,
effective immediately. The letter cited
the members' frustration regarding
staffing issues at the SBoA and the de-
lay in filling the empty seats, including
the chairmanship.
On that same date, practitioner mem-
ber Philip J. DeCaprio also submitted
a letter of resignation, citing a restruc-
turing of his firm and resultant engage-
ment scheduling issues.
"We understand the issues the State
Board members faced, and their
frustrations," said CTCPA President
Camille Murphy. "At the same time we
have taken note of the recent positive
actions taken by the Secretary of the
State's office to move forward and en-
sure that the profession and the public
have a fully functional State Board of
Accountancy. We also appreciate the
governor's current efforts to see that
the State Board has a full complement
of membership, both among the prac-
titioner and public seats."
President Murphy referred to a memo-
randum from the office of Deputy Sec-
retary of the State James F. Spallone
dated February 4, 2014, detailing staff-
ing changes at the SBoA. The memo
announced that effective February 3,
2014, Sonia Worrell Asare, Esq., the
staff attorney for the SBoA, is respon-
sible for the day-to-day operations of
the State Board of Accountancy of-
fice, and that the office has now been
brought under the office of the Deputy
Secretary of the State, with Attorney
Asare now reporting to Deputy Secre-
tary Spallone.
"We are aware the governor's office is
working to make these appointments
as soon as practicable," added CTCPA
Executive Director Art Renner. "At the
same time, the CTCPA has reached out
to Attorney Asare and offered her our
complete support and cooperation.
We look forward to sharing regular and
frequent communication between the
CTCPA and the State Board as we ap-
proach the future together."
The current seated members of the
SBoA are practitioner member Rich-
ard "Dick" Gesseck, CPA and public
member Martha S. Triplett, Esq. Mr.
Gesseck and Ms. Triplet conducted
the February 4, 2014 meeting of the
SBoA as scheduled, but agreed as a
quorum to only address administra-
tive issues until the SBoA had at least
five members following the governor's
pending appointments.
Society, Governor's Office Working to Fill
Vacancies on State Board of Accountancy
"We have taken
note of the recent
positive actions taken
by the Secretary of the
State's office to move
forward and ensure that
the profession and the
public have a fully
functional State Board
of Accountancy."
CTCPA President Camille Murphy
By Mark Zampino, Public Affairs Director