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Letter: Loselle job title not in town charter

Published 11:04 am, Friday, June 27, 2014
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In his June 20 letter ("Many vetted, saw need for new job"), Donald O'Day defends too much the appointment of Dewey Loselle as town operations director. In decrying the comparison of this appointment to November's aborted appointment of Bob Zappi as "just politics," O'Day is correct: It is just politics.

And well it should be, as the assistant to a first selectman should be politically compatible and a trusted and close ally.

However, as the announcement of this appointment stated that the "operations director position is designated in Section C4-3 of the Town Charter," it might be helpful see what the Charter says.

Here it is, and it's rather straightforward:

"The First Selectman may delegate such authority as may be necessary to other Selectmen or to administrative assistants and may employ an Operations Manager who shall serve at will and may be delegated the authority to supervise such areas of town government, excepting police and fire departments, and public schools, as the First Selectman may determine."

Nowhere in the charter is an operations "director" even mentioned nor does its job description call for supervisory responsibilities. And while a first slectman can employ administrative assistants and an operations "manager" (which is a supervisory function), neither one is an operations "director."

As for administrative assistants, a former holder of that position served on this "search" committee. And when he was an assistant, he earned 55 percent of what his boss earned, not the 90 percent that the new operations director is being paid.

Dick Lowenstein

Westport