Thursday, September 27, 2012
Town Manager Michael Driscoll responded to the suit filed against the town by a firefighter claiming he was wrongly passed over for promotion.
Watertown Town Manager Michael Driscoll released a statement about the suit filed against the town by a firefighter claiming he was unfairly passed over for promotion because he used his sick leave time to be with his wife while she was undergoing medical treatment. Driscoll noted that the Town recently won an appeal in a case filed with the Civil Service Commission by Carton alleging the same issue. Here is Driscoll's full statement: The Town has been informed that Scott Carton has filed a complaint against it in federal court as a result of the Town's selection of another firefighter instead of him for promotion to the rank of lieutenant. Given the pending nature of the litigation, the Town will not be commenting on the matter at this …
Monday, July 30, 2012
Town Councilor Susan Falkoff said she wants to be able to comment on draft reports when they are submitted to Town Manager Michael Driscoll.
A discussion of the planned Town Organization Study on Monday morning turned into one about whether town councilors should be able to see draft studies or just the town manager. Susan Falkoff, chairwoman of the Personnel and Town Organzation Committee, brought up the subject after she learned that Town Manager Michael Driscoll had received a draft from the consultants from UMass Boston’s Collins Center for Public Management but she and the other members of the subcommittee had not. "I am concerned with the process of the draft being reviewed by the manager before going to the committee in light of the controversy we had with the Public Safety report," Falkoff said. "There was a perception that the study had been reviewed by the manager …
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Michael Driscoll received the pay increase, which is in line with the raises given to other town employees.
Town Manager Michael Driscoll received a 2.5 percent pay increase in Fiscal 2012, making his salary $148,292 this year after the Town Council approved the raise Tuesday night. Town Council President Mark Sideris said Driscoll has kept Watertown in good financial standing despite the economic downturn. "We have been well served by the Town Manager's guidance as we have gone through some of the most difficult financial times in history," Sideris said. "I am glad to see that the Town Council and the Town Manager agreed to a contract extension through June 30, 2014." Councilor John Donohue commended Driscoll for keeping the town budget balanced without having to go to voters for a Proposition 2-1/2 override. Town Council Vice President Steve …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
A number of boards have terms that will expire during 2012.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Watertown Town Manager Michael Driscoll released information on the positions on town boards, commissions and committees that will become open during 2012: Pursuant to the provisions of Ordinance O-2007-46 entitled “An ordinance on the timing and process of appointments to town boards, commissions and committee” please be advised that the following terms of appointment will be expiring in calendar year 2012: Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest accompanied by a resume or other information concerning background or experience by email to email@example.com or by mail to Town Manager's Office, 149 Main Street, Watertown, Massachusetts 02472.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
The Town Council President revealed his goals at the inauguration ceremony Tuesday. Town Manager Driscoll said he wants to cut the town's energy use by 20 percent.
Looking toward his second term as Town Council President, Mark Sideris said his top priorities will be settling the teachers’ contract, reorganizing town departments and finding new uses for the old Police Station and the former branch libraries. Sideris discussed his goals for the town at the Inauguration Ceremony for Watertown’s elected officials held Tuesday night at Perkins School for the Blind. As Council President, Sideris also serves on the School Committee. In this role, he listed settling the teacher’s contract as a priority, along with hiring a new superintendent. “It has been a frustrating experience for everyone involved,” Sideris said. The contract appeared near completion in April, but the School Committee voted it down. Town…
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Town Manager Michael Driscoll presented his forecast of the town's revenues and expenditures for next year's budget.
The town faces a shortfall of $1.3 million in the preliminary Fiscal 2013 budget presented by Town Manager Michael Driscoll at Wednesday's Town Council meeting, but in April, he had forecast an even bleaker picture, with a $2.4 million deficit. The town's revenues will grow by $1.6 million over Fiscal 2012 to , the current budget year, but Driscoll said the increase will not keep pace with the growing town expenses. The growth brings the town's revenues to $101.8 million, but the expenditures are forecast to rise $2.95 million to $103.15 million, Driscoll said. At this time last year, the shortfall was even larger, at $3.4 million, Driscoll said. While making the budget, Driscoll said he looked to provide the best services and balance the …