Ousterhout Out as Public Works Director

Ousterhout was put on paid leave during a suspension leading up to his termination.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
Longtime Narragansett Department of Public Works Director David Ousterhout has been fired.

Town Manager Pamela Nolan, in an e-mail message, confirmed that Ousterhout was terminated on June 5.

She declined further comment, citing the need for confidentiality because it is a personnel matter.

Ousterhout was appointed to the job of Public Works Director in 2005 but was no stranger to the town when he was first hired, serving as a Town Council member in the 1990s and prominent member of the Narragansett Towers Committee, including serving as chairman.

Nolan said Ousterhout has the opportunity to appeal to the Personnel Board and she is serving as acting DPW director for now.

The termination comes after what appeared to be a rocky relationship between Ousterhout and Nolan. Nolan, who was hired late last year, issued a letter of reprimand in March after Ousterhout reportedly became upset at a February Towers Committee meeting, prompting Nolan to walk out.

Ousterhout was put on paid leave during a suspension leading up to his termination.

Anyone who has attended Narragansett town meetings over the years would quickly learn that Ousterhout is passionate about the town. There's no question he has played an instrumental role in the resurrection of the Towers as a New England landmark and has advocated for the town as a public servant for decades, earning the James Kelso Award, the Town of Narragansett Honorary Knights of Rockingham Arch award and putting in years of effort as both an elected official and town employee.

But that passion, which could boil over a time or two, apparently boiled over one too many times for the new Town Manager.

A call to Ousterhout's residence was not answered.
Anonnie Mouse June 25, 2014 at 08:34 AM
Thank you for this well written article on Mr. Ousterhout!


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