Sunday, February 17, 2013
According to a copy of the contract, Narragansett’s interim town manager will be paid $111,000 a year.
Based on a copy of the contract signed by Narragansett interim town manager Richard Kerbel and sent to Patch, he will make a yearly salary of about $111,000 – $2.134.62 a week – in the position. According to dates in the contract, Kerbel and the town council president, James Callaghan, signed it on Feb. 7 in front of two witnesses. The contract agreement was first drawn up on Feb. 5. Most of the contract’s items were already benefits received either by former town manager Grady Miller, or former interim town manager and current police chief Dean Hoxsie. Other provisions and clauses in the contract: The council has a work session on Hurricane Sandy clean-up scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Both …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Unless the Narragansett Town Council is unable to reach an agreement with Richard Kerbel, he will take over as interim town manager from Narragansett Police Chief Dean Hoxsie.
NARRAGANSETT - About an hour after he received a standing ovation from residents, the Narragansett Town Council voted 3-2 to essentially remove interim town manager Dean Hoxsie from the position. In his place, the council appointed Richard Kerbel as interim manager, which elicited a mixture of surprise and laments from the crowd of about 80 that stayed until the end of Monday night's meeting. As councilors hastily voted to adjourn the meeting moments after the vote, one person from the stunned crowd yelled, “You should be ashamed,” which was preceded and followed by murmuring and light booing. The appointment is contingent on Kerbel reaching agreement on a contract with the town, but that appears to be a formality based on comments by the …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Near the end of a meeting Monday night, the council agrees to interview town manager candidates in private the next two Saturdays.
NARRAGANSETT – By a 4-1 vote and after 40 minutes of debate on Monday night, the Narragansett Town Council agreed to interview candidates in a private executive session for its open town manager position on Saturday, Jan. 12, and if needed, Jan. 19. Councilor Matthew Mannix was the lone vote against, with councilors James Callaghan, Douglas McLaughlin, Glenna Hagopian and Susan Cicilline Buonanno voting for. The interviews are expected to be held sometime between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on those Saturdays. Mannix said he objected to having the meeting in an executive session, and said candidates should instead be interviewed in front of residents, given the past issues the town had had with managers. “Do I know there are drawbacks to this? Yes I…
Thursday, July 5, 2012
The town will add four more residents to the existing five-member panel to screen applicants for the Narragansett Town Manager position.
At Monday night's meeting, the Narragansett Town Council approved a request from residents to add four more members to its town manager hiring committee for town manager applicants. The four new spots will also be open – Applications are available on the town's website. The council is then scheduled to appoint members at a July 16 meeting. There are several conditions though for applying: On Monday, the council approved its five initial appointees, with each councilor briefly speaking in support of their nominee – Nancy Devaney (Susan Cicilline-Buonanno), Will Shields (Alisa Trainor Fleet), Ed Mazze (Christopher Wilkens), Susan Robertson (Glenna Hagopian) and Anthony Catuogno (David Crook). Audience members seemed to be familiar with all …
Friday, June 1, 2012
In a marathon meeting, the Narragansett Town Council is pilloried by residents before finally formally accepting a termination agreement for Grady Miller.
An exhausting, three-hour plus meeting for Narragansett Town Council members and the public on Thursday night finally culminated with the end of Grady Miller as town manager, and Police Chief Dean Hoxsie taking over for now. Ultimately, the council voted 4-1 to accept a termination agreement negotiated with Miller during executive session. Councilors Glenna Hagopian, David Crook, Alisa Trainor Fleet and Christopher Wilkens voted to accept the termination agreement, with councilor Susan Cicilline-Buonanno voting against. Wilkens noted that he was voting for the agreement under duress. “If we don’t agree to these terms, it’s clear he’ll just be fired,” Wilkens said. Throughout Thursday’s meeting, it was established that a three-person …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Narragansett Town Manager Grady Miller and the council have agreed to a termination pact that will pay him until April 2013.
Editor's note, 11:35 a.m. Friday - A new and longer version of this story can be found here. NARRAGANSETT – After about 50 minutes of executive session, the Narragansett Town Council announced that it had reached consensus with Town Manager Grady Miller on a termination agreement. According to Town Solicitor Mark McSally, the agreement will pay Miller through April 2013. Miller has accrued sick leave and vacation time that goes until September, followed by seven months severance, which would last until about April 2013. The decision was wildly unpopular with the crowd of about 125 people who showed up for the meeting. As they left for executive session, a chant of “Grady, Grady, Grady,” broke out, and councilors were frequently cut off by …
John Shaw of Friends of Hazard Castle sends in a letter of support for Grady Miller.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Letter to the editor: I am a deeply concerned Narragansett resident, President of Friends of Hazard Castle and on the Narragansett Historical Society's Steering Committee. For the first time in my years as a Narragansett resident (married in the Towers in 1994), we finally have a town manager trying to do the right thing and build a better future for the town of Narragansett. Grady Miller has vision for the future of Narragansett and has had a very positive impact with his help in setting up an economic development committee and the revival of the Narragansett Historical Society. Grady is a political outsider and exactly what Narragansett needs for a better future. Say NO to precluding a better future for Narragansett. Say yes, to Grady …
Keith Kyle, a resident and chairman of the Recreation Advisory Board, argues for retaining Grady Miller.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
To the editor: As a resident of the Town for more than 20 years and in my capacity as chairman of the Recreation Advisory Board, I wish to express my displeasure that Grady is being forced to accept a separation agreement or face termination. During my 25 years as a corporate/business litigation attorney, I have had occasion to deal with CEOs, CFOs and many high-level business owners. Running the Town of Narragansett is similar to running a large corporation. Grady is a consummate professional and fine representative of Narragansett. Being an outsider, so to speak, he has brought new and refreshing ideas to the table based on his many years of experience and having lived in different parts of the country. I am sure and hopeful that the …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The Narragansett Town Council will hold a special meeting on Thursday, in which it is expected to accept a termination agreement for manager Grady Miller, or to fire him.
According to an agenda posted on the Secretary of State’s website, the Narragansett Town Council will meet Thursday night to discuss the job performance and potentially fire Town Manager Grady Miller. See the attached PDF for details about the meeting. The advertisement for executive session reads that the council will “review the job performance of the Town Manager and to review a potential separation agreement in accordance with RI general laws.” Following executive session, the council will meet in open session to discuss a separation agreement with the town manager and to authorize the council president to sign it, suggesting that Miller’s fate is already sealed. If the council doesn’t approve the separation agreement, there is a …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Without much debate, the council approves charter changes and files the solicitor’s report on Town Manager Grady Miller.
At its meeting on Monday, the Narragansett Town Council voted on and took testimony on the following agenda items. - With no debate, the council received and filed a report from Town Solicitor Mark McSally on the appropriateness of Town Manager Grady Miller shifting $3,000 in budget money to the Narrow River Preservation Association for FY 2012. (See attached PDF.) McSally made three determinations for the council: The motion to receive and file the report was 3-2, in a similar breakdown to the decision to originally ask McSally to investigate. Councilors Glenna Hagopian, David Crook and Alisa Trainor Fleet voted in favor, with councilors Christopher Wilkens and Susan Cicilline-Buonanno voting against. - A second hearing for the FY 2013 …