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    Nov 2005

    Default Town Administrator Disaster

    It's been nearly a year since the Board of Selectmen broke the Open Meeting Law, posting an agenda that didn't properly notify the public (or even all of its own members) and proceeded (despite documented past experience that should have taught them not to vote on an item when there was a lack of clarity over the agenda) to fire Fred Turkington.

    At that meeting, the distinctly brief discussion of this firing included the assertions that this was most fair to the Town and most fair to Fred Turkington.

    Both of these assertions have been shown to be false.

    Fred Turkington remains to this day in search of the his next Town Administrator job. Every interview starts with the question of what happened here in Wayland. It did not need to be this way.

    And the Town of Wayland remains to this day in search of its next Town Administrator. The first search was a failure after the selected candidate mysteriously realized that the job in Wayland would actually require relocating to Massachusetts, a fact that could not possibly have been lost on the candidate when he applied. It did not need to be this way.

    During this year, the Town has spent considerably more than budgeted on a Town Administrator having to pay for Turkington's salary, an interim Town Administrator's salary, an acting Town Administrator's salary, legal fees, Town Administrator search fees. Additionally, we've had deal with the difficulties related to having had an inadequate transition. The Town has taken a reputation hit.

    It's nearly a year later, and all involved are still paying.
    Last edited by Kim Reichelt; 06-13-2014 at 01:41 PM. Reason: correction to remove extraneous word


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