748WVN #547: 1 hire, 2 resignations
- Mar 31, 2014Dear Wayland Voter,
Wayland has appointed a new town administrator and in the same week received resignations from two current officials.
Also in this newsletter: Timely tick survey
ELECTION DAY TUESDAY APRIL 1
This is an important town election following a period of controversy and acrimony in local politics. To refresh your memory of the issues and candidates, see:
Polls are open 7a.m.-8 p.m. If you're not sure of your voting location: http://www.wayland.ma.us/Pages/WaylandMA_Clerk/election#8
Click on link to voting location, under Precincts.
If you need a ride to the polls, call the Council on Aging, 508-358-2990.
HIRING AND RESIGNATIONS
The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously on March 26 to hire William H. Jones Jr., a Boston College graduate now working in illinois, to replace Fred Turkington as town administrator. The selectmen voted 3-1 last August 26 to terminate, effective immediately, the contract of the controversial Turkington.
Jones, who holds a master’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University, is the assistant village manager at the Chicago suburb of Glencoe. He is married and has four children.
A seven-member search committee considered dozens of applications. Though Jones was the only candidate interviewed, committee members strongly backed his candidacy.
A starting date will be set after employment contract negotiations.
Don Ouellette, public works director since 2009, is leaving to take a similar position in Natick. He was the choice of Turkington for the job and had a troubled relationship with the Board of Public Works, which found itself in the dark on many things, including the renewal of his contract. Finally, in October 2012, the Board, Turkington and Ouellette signed a memorandum of agreement making it clear that the Board sets policy and must be informed about contracts, vendor changes and significant personnel decisions.
Ouellette leaves on May 1. His salary is $108,000 annually.
School Business Manager
The departure of Ouellette, who was closely connected with Turkington, is not entirely surprising. But Geoffrey MacDonald’s brief March 28 email turning down a contract renewal was unanticipated:
“This is to inform you that for both professional and personal reasons, I have decided not to accept the one year employment contract for fiscal year 2015 that you approved at your March 24, 2014 meeting. I informed (Superintendent) Dr. Stein last night that my employment with the Town of Wayland School Department will terminate with the fulfillment of my current employment contract that expires on June 30, 2014.
I wish to thank those of you that have supported me and wish you the best.“
MacDonald, who had not received a recent performance review, was hired in August 2010. He was credited with improvements carrying out recommendations from two audits that found substandard accounting practices.
MacDonald had complained recently to WVN that he has not been able to focus on possible broad redesigns of school financial systems which might save money because of constant demands on his time to deal with detailed accounting issues.
Before coming to Wayland MacDonald had worked in a similar position in Hopkinton and for the state government. His salary is about $135,700.
-- WVN Staff
As tick season approaches, the Wayland Health Department asks residents to take an online survey .
Go to the Health Department website at:
At bottom left under News and Notes click on “tick survey.”
The survey covers repellents, tick locations, to use to deter ticks, ways to landscape your property to minimize tick habitats, what various ticks look like and which life stage of ticks presents the highest risk of infection, how to identify the common symptoms of tick-borne diseases, as well as preventative measures to protect your pets, and more.
Survey responses will help the Wayland Health Department and other members of the Middlesex Tick Task Force to develop tick bite protection measures and disease prevention strategies.
While the numbers of humans who have encountered ticks as well as those infected with tick-borne diseases in Middlesex County is unknown due to underreporting and misdiagnosis, officials say incidence is dramatically climbing. Tick-related diseases can be debilitating if not treated early.
Deadline for survey completion: May 30.
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Wayland Voters Network
Michael Short, Editor