I’m proud of being Afzali’s father-in-law but I’m so much more

To the Editor:

I would like to object to the fact that every time you mention my name in stories you’ve covered in your publication concerning the Knox transfer station’s firing, hiring, then rehiring of some of the employees, you always state that I’m the father-in-law of our town attorney, Javid Afzali.

This is true, and I’m proud to have him as a son-in-law.

But that fact has nothing to do with me being hired to work at the transfer station. I was hired six months before I started to work there by the town of Knox to be the park laborer. I responded to an ad that was published in various places, applied for the job, was the only applicant, and got the job.

I then applied for the transfer-station job when it became available, and was hired to start on Jan. 1, 2019.

Since moving to Knox three years ago, I’ve become a member of the Knox Volunteer Fire Company, a board member of the Hilltowns Players Theater Group, and a co-founder of the Knox Adult Special Needs monthly social and dance.

So in the future, if you feel the need to refer to me in any future stories, I would appreciate if you refer to me as any of the above rather than the standard father-in-law of town attorney Javid Afzali. And as I said, I’m proud of that, but I’m so much more.

Glenn F. Walsh


Editor’s note: If we write about your role in any of the worthwhile activities you list in our letter, we would certainly include that information because it would be relevant. The reason we mention your relationship with the town attorney — and have also noted that Javid Afzali said he had nothing to do with the illegal firings — is because he was the town attorney at the time. 

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