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Wayland Appoints New Interim TA

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Wayland selectmen on Monday formally appointed Robert Mercier as the new interim town administrator. 

"I think I am going to enjoy this a lot," Mercier said, noting he recently toured Wayland to familiarize himself with the community. 

The vote comes in the wake of selectmen firing former town administrator Fred Turkington in August. Since then, John Senchyshyn has worked as the interim town administrator. Senchyshyn previously said he would return his assistant town administrator and human resources duties when Mercier takes over. 

The town is still working to choose a new permanent town administrator. 
Wayland Transparent December 03, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Wow. Tony Boschetto promised us his firing would not cost money and that in fact we might even save money. Based on his self promoted track record that seemed like it might happen even though it was against all reasonable logic and highly unlikely. Well now we have, the AG who has told us Tony intentionally obscured the agenda item, the costs associated with multiple attorney's to defend the BO3's actions, a pay increase for senchensyn, an interim town administrator and on top of that a consulting firm to help our overworked boards to search identify screen and interview candidates for our new TA. These costs and the AG decision really highlight how badly the BO3 messed up. Thanks ed, tony and Doug where ever you are
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Wayland Transparent December 04, 2013 at 12:57 PM
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Lorem Ipsum December 04, 2013 at 02:44 PM
@WaylandTransparency.com, it's not necessary to post after every Wayland Transparent post. We get it. You're different.
Randall Moore December 05, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Some quick math.... Robert Mercier Salary + John Senchyshyn Salary Increase + Consultant Fees to find another TA + Fred Turkington Severance + Cost of distraction to our employees = A blatant waste of our taxpayer dollars. Is this extra cost really WORTH moving the town in a purported "better" direction? I want my money back.
John December 05, 2013 at 04:00 PM
There were things that happened on the TA's watch that cost the town a lot more money than all of those put together - most notably, $2,000,000+ settlement over wastewater issues at TC. Some would say that whatever it costs us to move in a new direction, it will be worth it.
Wayland Transparent December 05, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Fred Turkington was the town administrator not the town manager. The current status of the judgement was the responsibility of many people on many boards (both past and present board members) and blaming it all on Turkington is not only hiding the truth but it is deceitful. Some would say the world is flat and that does not make it true.
John December 06, 2013 at 06:31 AM
It was on his watch. The wastewater trial jury found Wayland breached a contract when the Town (town meeting) had never ratified a contract with Twenty Wayland, contrary to the Town Administrator’s sworn deposition, which can be found here http://www.waylandtransparency.com/wastewater.php under the link "July 18, 2013 Town Admininstrator Deposition" With regards to “… the responsibility of many people on many boards (both past and present board members).” this does not always apply. For example, the town administrator was statutorily responsible for OPEB… till we took the responsibility away by a vote at STM, after finding $10M squirreled away, versus the $4M that FinCom assumed we'd appropriated to the account. Not to mention an extra $1.7M in Overlay in just one year, before The Abrahams Group unearthed that excess. Whatever it costs us to make this transition will pale in comparison.
Wayland Transparent December 09, 2013 at 07:04 PM
@john he was the town administrator the Bo's the waste water commission were there and responsible saying it was solely the ta is dishonest. The other items you mention are not lost money the overlay fund is a statuary requirement and the excess was used to reduce taxes opeb is a contractual requirement that needs to be funded. Why do you need to spin this stuff

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