Former mayor’s photo removed from City Hall

  • Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The portrait of former mayor Tom Rubillo has been removed from the City Hall rotunda.

Mayor Jack Scoville confirmed the removal, and said he made the decision to take the photo down.

“Well, I didn't think it was appropriate for it to be there. He resigned after about two years into his position,” Scoville said.

Photographs of previous Georgetown mayors and councilmembers adorn the rotunda walls. Mayor Scoville said the purpose of the photos is to “recognize people who have been supporters of the community and who served on City Council in an honorable favor.”

The mayor said no other photographs have been removed.

He continued, “Mr. Rubillo's service as mayor was very disruptive, he was not able to manage the position, and he abruptly resigned rather than try to get along with the city council.

“And then he spent the next 20 years engaged in a vendetta against the entire community.

“As mayor, I'm responsible for what goes up in City Hall, and after reflection I thought it was appropriate, after everything Mr. Rubillo has said and done to this community, not to have his picture up there.”

Rubillo said he was mayor from about 1991 to 1994. He confirmed he resigned his position after reaching a disagreement with the city council over money the city had invested in dividends.

“The councilmembers and I disagreed about the propriety of that, things got enthusiastic, and we got to a point of gridlock. … I couldn't get them to give me directions about what things they wanted done, and they wouldn't let me act on my own. We parted on cordial terms,” he said.

Rubillo was aware his photo had been removed. “The business with the picture – it is what it is, I suppose.”

He said his portrait was only recently put on display in City Hall. He guessed it had been up for two or three months.

Rubillo said he wasn't sure why the photo was removed. He laughed in response to the mayor's explanation. “Then why did they put it up in the first place? I resigned because I thought that was the appropriate thing to do.”

When asked if he thought the removal had anything to do with the recent back-and-forth between him and Scoville on the editorial page of the Georgetown Times, Rubillo also laughed.

“My skin is not that thin. I guess that was about something I wrote.”

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