Are Cohasset Selectmen appointing cronies to office?

Gregory W. Sullivan, Inspector General

Office of the Inspector General
John W. McCormack State Office Building
One Ashburton Place, Room 1311
Boston, MA 02108

Dear Mr. Sullivan;

The Town of Cohasset is ruled by an open Town Meeting and a Strong Town Manager.

Recently, the Cohasset Board of Selectmen suspended Cohasset Town Manager Mike Coughlin, with pay, and shortly thereafter appointed Mike Milanoski as acting town manager, a position the chairman of the board of selectmen said he can hold for up to 5 years. It is a full time position for which he is paid. He has a contract.

At the time of his appointment Milanoski was and still is chairman of the Governance committee and an associate member of the Conservation commission; both committees are appointed by the board of selectmen. Selectmen also gave Milanoski special municipal employee status.

But it is my understanding that under the ethics law, a full time employee cannot be designated as a special municipal employee.

The Strong Town Manager act says the acting town manager must be qualified. My question is: would that qualification include the same qualifications as that for town manager, i.e., not being a member of any appointed or elected town committee? Town Counsel Paul DeRensis says the qualifications for acting town manager are not as stringent as for town manager. Does this mean cronyism is Ok for the acting manager but not for the town manager?  I view the Selectmen’s appointment of Milanoski as being a big-time end-run around the Town Manager Act. I’m wondering if you agree with me.

Sincerely yours,

Tanna Kasperowicz
172 South Main Street
Cohasset, MA  02025

© Copyright 2012 Tanna K, All rights Reserved. Written For: Tinytown Unleashed

  5 comments for “Are Cohasset Selectmen appointing cronies to office?

  1. March 5, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    This was actually posted on behalf of Rod Young – who for whatever reason cannot sign into the blog. His E-mail is not working.

    I’m somewhat amused as a citizen of wild and wooly Hull to hear that rich sister up river may be more than just geologically a backwater. Seems that “Boss” Tweed took over – headquartered ‘cross Snake Run in Wheelright.


    How can the chair of Governance and an associate of Conservation “qualify” as acting town manager? I guess it’s not so much that Chapter 34 (“an Act, blah, blah, blah …”) be obeyed as, Who cares if it isn’t?

    You have to love it. Witchcraft over statecraft. The lore of Eastwick and Sorcerer Jack (and Mike and Ed) – to the fore. Fact over fiction.

    BOS “… shall designate a qualified person to serve as acting town manager and to perform the duties of the office during any period of vacancy exceeding 30 days, caused by the manager’s … removal ….”

    “No person holding elective or appointive office in the town shall within one year of holding such office be eligible to be appointed to the position of town manager.”

    I’m patiently edified by my betters that “town manager” and “acting town manager” are different species – especially Milanoski.

    He’s a ‘C’ change for sure!

    Cohassets are just more seeing and hearing than we Hullonians ever could be.

    However, please stop repeating that you copied our STM gov’t.


  2. Mary A. Parsons
    March 5, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    WOW, Peter, you really don’t like anyone having any questions. do they need your permission before they write?

  3. March 5, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    No, Peter.
    Everything may be just ducky.
    As a member of the Fourth Estate – my small power is to ask interesting questions of people who sit in small dark rooms
    and never get back to you.
    It it like pissing in the ocean.

  4. peter decaprio
    March 5, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I don’t get it, DeRensis’s previous opinions regarding joint management of the water company were embraced here like they came from the burning bush. NOW you have an issue with him? What gives?

    Oh, wait. I get it. He’s on the wrong side now. Never mind.

  5. Callahan
    March 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    You go, girl. More questions that need to be asked. Was done with the ConComm, why not other boards?

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