Judicial Professional Employees Union president resigns amid questionable spending

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The head of the powerful Judicial Professional Employees Union, Carmen Roda, just resigned, according an August 1 notice posted on the group’s website.  

JPE represents employees of the Connecticut Judicial Branch, which comprises the courts and jails across the state. Roda’s abrupt resignation comes amid concerns about questionable spending of union funds.  

An emergency meeting of the union’s executive board was held Friday in Hartford with concerned  JPE members, according to sources within the group. News 8’s Mario Boone obtained a letter circulating among angry members who are demanding an “independent forensic audit” be conducted of “JPE’s finances and expenditures related to Mr. Roda.”

Deborah Kern has been appointed interim president until the next election is held in September 2019.

Reached by phone, Kern, a family relations counselor based in New Haven, declined to comment on the turmoil within the organization. Messages left for JPE attorney Marshall Segar were not returned.   

A letter from union members can be read in its entirety below:

“As paying members of the JPE union, we are requesting an open meeting with our union board and union attorney in regards to the abrupt resignation of the former JPE president, Carmen Roda.  We are requesting an email to go out to union membership to arrange a meeting to ask questions and to provide information relating to any improprieties that may have occurred.  

We are concerned and want to ensure that his resignation is not related to misdeeds or misappropriation of money related to JPE.  Following a meeting the undersigned union members are requesting an independent forensic audit of JPEs finances and expenditures related to Mr. Roda.  After the audit is complete we are requesting a formal meeting with the JPE board and Marshal Segar, ESQ to discuss the results of the audit.  Your timely response to this inquiry is respectfully requested and greatly appreciated.”

Stay with WTNH for updates on this developing story.

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