Days after being fired, former Wayland Town Administrator Fred Turkington has spoken out on his termination.
Below is the entire statement Turkington emailed to reporters Thursday night. The Wayland Board of Selectman fired Turkington on Aug. 26 without cause.
STATEMENT OF TURKINGTON
“It is with disappointment that I acknowledge the decision of
a majority of the Board of Selectmen to terminate my employment agreement
without cause effective August 27, 2013. I accept their collective
judgment, although I am disappointed in the manner in which the decision was
Since September 19, 2005, it has been my privilege to serve the citizens of Wayland as the town administrator and I am proud of my service during this tenure.
Working collaboratively with committed elected and appointed officials, as well as the dedicated senior management team and professional staff, much was accomplished during the past eight years. We created a culture of responsiveness to our citizen-customers. We contained costs to build a more sustainable budget by streamlining operations, consolidation physical service departments into a department of public works, regionalized other services, collaborated with the school department, and engaged in tough negotiations when procuring equipment and services. And, of course, I am proud to have facilitated Wayland Town Center to provide a community gathering place, retail shopping choices, and diversity to our property tax base.
Most of all, I am proud of the stewardship of the town’s finances and our ability to maintain services during the most challenging economic times since the Great Depression. Together we maintained our coveted Aaa bond rating, formalized and strengthened the capital improvement program, responsibly funded retirement benefits and health insurance liabilities, and constructed three major capital building projects.
I am confident that I have left the affairs of town government in far better condition than when I began and I am better for the experience.
Wayland’s unique form of government relies on persuasion and finesse rather than rules and authority. Wayland is a community characterized by an engaged citizenry with a tradition of direct involvement with all aspects of decision-making and service delivery. Serving as Wayland’s first administrator after town meeting approved a change in the town’s governing structure, it was necessary to balance my efforts between those clearly uncomfortable with the delegation of administrative responsibility to a professional manager with those who desired organizational changes and service improvements. Differences of opinion over management philosophy and style and conflicts over the boundaries between administration and policy of the administration often occur in local government between town administrators and elected officials. The governing board has the right to choose a professional manager with whom it shares a vision for the future direction of the community.
I have sincerely appreciated the support and dedication of town department directors, and value the hard work and commitment to public service these employees exhibit each day. I have admired the volunteer contributions of many citizens to their local government, schools and civic organizations. This sense of community is what makes Wayland a special place.
My life’s work has been dedicated to responsive, responsible and cost-effective local government management. While I will continue this work elsewhere, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Wayland for nearly eight years. I wish the community well.”