It is unknown why this is happening. Is this happening because selectmen are trying to make suspended town manager Mike Coughlin look like a spendthrift right before his hearing on March 13? Have town advisors’ brains all turned to mush? Is our recently appointed acting town manger too young (43) and too inexperienced (never was a town manager before) to lead the board of selectmen, or is he just the unfortunate well-paid creature ($2K a week) of a board that stopped obeying the laws of the land several years ago?
Say what you will. I don’t want to pay a 43-year-old who has never been a town manager, and who has a large learning curve to over-come, as much as I would pay a seasoned town manager. How did this slip by selectman Lee Jenkins? Was he being operated on that night?
Ok. Keep all this in mind as you read the list of town employees below whose contracts are being questioned. Also keep in mind that all five Mr. and Ms. Potato Heads were aware of all of these contracts and said NOTHING to Town Manager Mike Coughlin. Didn’t say “My God – stop the bleeding!” Nope. Not a word.
Under the Town Manager Act, Fifteen days is needed to notify the Board of Selectmen of appointments. But the contracts noted below are extensions for appointments already made. New appointments must be ratified by the BOS, but contracts are under the purview of the Town Manager. ACCORDING TO THE STRONG TOWN MANGER ACT. But the Potato Heads don’t understand the strong town manager act.
Suspended Town Manager Mike Coughlin said the only department which should go before Town Meeting is the Operations Department – “In my experience in other towns, introducing this question under the budget is all you need.” Further, Coughlin predicted the department heads will win in court as the Town Manager (suspended or otherwise) clearly has contractural authority and the department heads acted in good faith.
Here are the contracts being disputed (not seriously, we pray) by Acting Town Manager Mike Milanoksi, who is being paid 2k a week during these difficult financial times:
Tara Todd – Health Inspector –– new contract
Mark Kelly– Building and Facilities new contract
Mary Quill– Assessor – contract renewal
Jo-Ann Pilczak – new position- Planning Coordinator- approved by Town Meeting- new contract
Mark Brennan -Director Operations– newly created position– new contract
Carl Sestito – Highway Surveyor- contract by previous town manager expired – new contract renewal
Mary Goodwin – Town Nurse – new contract
Jen Oram – Assistant to Town Manager- new contract
Bob Silvia– Fire Chief – – contract extension
Mark DeLuca– Police Chief – contract extended to August 1, 2014.
Bill Quigley– Deputy Police Chief– new position approved by Board of Selectmen – new contract – no longer union. (In a phone interview Coughlin said changing the title of the #2 position in the police department is not a “reorg” under the town manager’s act.)
John Dockery – Assistant Fire Chief – new position approved by Board of Selectmen – new contract – no longer union. This position existed under previous contracts many years ago, it just hadn’t been filled.
Mary Gallagher – Town Accountant/Director of Finance. She’s not on the selectmen’s hit list, but she got her contract via Mike Coughlin, the same way all the others on the list got theirs. How is her contract OK and the rest are wrong? Can’t wait to hear Town Counsel Paul DeRensis argue this one. Let’s see…how is Mary Gallagher different? How about..she’s got them by the balls. She leaves and the circus folds up its tent.
In related news, several good sources say that the E-20 had quite a nice “cash only” party for one lucky selectman. Selectmen may soon need lots more of those parties. Keep your wallets open, E-20.© Copyright 2012 Tanna K, All rights Reserved. Written For: Tinytown Unleashed