According to Southborough Wicked Local, Selectman John Rooney is continuing to investigate the recent layoff of the Town’s Cemetery Supervisor.
At the last Board of Selectmen meeting, Rooney made it clear he was troubled by the communication and process. He also stated that he still hadn’t received related documents he requested. Since then, the selectman filed a public record request for the documents.
“Mark, since I have not received the documents I requested, and in furtherance of creating a written policy to ensure that this scenario does not repeat itself … I am sending this more formal request for documents under the relevant Public Records Law,” Rooney wrote in an e-mail to Purple Thursday.
“I remain tremendously embarrassed and want to know how and why I learned of a town employee being laid off through an email from a resident on the weekend.” . . .
Rooney on Tuesday also presented a document calling into question whether town officials really didn’t know they intended to lay off Gilleney-DeCenzo until after Town Meeting, as they have claimed.
In his records request, Rooney asked for 12 different categories of documents, including all communications surrounding the fiscal 2015 DPW budget, all documents relating to the privatization of the cemetery for the past two years and all communications relating to any DPW layoffs since April 2012.
Rooney said his request was not a “witch hunt” or effort aimed at “pointing fingers.”
“Rather, this is a vehicle that should be welcomed by all so as to ensure that we are all on the same page and operating with the same set of facts,” he wrote.
Rooney said he intends to draft a policy to ensure that future selectmen are not left out of the informational loop.
“Not only do I want to make every effort to guarantee that this does not happen to me in the future, I want to draft and present to (selectmen) a policy of open and transparent communication that will prevent this sort of thing from ever happening (again),” he wrote.
Rooney said he also wants a formal response from town attorneys who denied him access to Gilleney-DeCenzo’s personnel file.
“In order to fully understand the history, I need to review all relevant documents,” he wrote.
The “DPW budget as presented” is on the agenda for this Wednesday’s Advisory Committee meeting. That meeting is set for 7:30 pm in the Town House and scheduled to be televised.
Prior to Annual Town Meeting, the DPW budget was presented to Advisory. The budget included plans to outsource some cemetery labor. Committee members Karen Muggeridge and John Butler have both publicly expressed concerns that they may have been misled on the details.
The next Board of Selectmen meeting is slated for June 3rd. The meeting and details aren’t posted yet, but expect this item to be on their agenda again.
To read the full SWL story, click here.
To read past coverage of the DPW layoff, click here.