Hartford Courant (Connecticut)
BYLINE: MICHAEL WALSH
After going four months without one, the town has hired a new assistant town administrator.
The town council Tuesday night approved hiring Dawn Maselek to replace former Assistant Town Administrator Peter Graczykowski who left the position in October after accepting a job as city manager of East Providence, R.I.
Maselek most recently held the position of personnel coordinator in the town of Enfield.
“I have a lot of diverse experience that I can bring to the town,” Maselek said in an interview Wednesday. “I’ve been involved in the hiring process of every department.”
Mayor George Apel said Maselek’s diverse background is one of the reasons he chose her for the job.
“She hasn’t been at this level before but she has a lot of good background in negotiations and human resources,” Apel said. “The other thing is she comes across as an extremely hard worker and very much of a team player, so I can see her blending in here.”
Maselek, who Apel said will begin the new job in three to four weeks and will make $76,000, was selected from about 120 candidates. The finalists were selected by a committee of town council members and other town employees before Apel interviewed the finalists and made his decision.
Councilman Michael Winkler declined to vote on Maselek’s appointment, saying that the position wasn’t necessary.
“The candidate is extremely well-qualified but I’ve looked at the surrounding towns and the number of people in their top administrations,” Winkler said. “The most efficient towns have a single chief executive administration.”
Winkler said the problem lies in the town charter, which authorizes the assistant administrator position. Apel said the remarks were out of order and not germane to the motion on whether to hire Maselek.
“We’ve done without the assistant town administrator before and we could do it again and still have more people working in administration than most other towns,” Winkler said.
Maselek said she looks forward to working in Vernon and with helping the administration handle six labor contracts that are set to expire later this year.
“This is an exciting opportunity and I am so honored to be the one selected there,” Maselek said. “It’s just a surreal experience, it really is. Everyone seems very nice there. I will miss my coworkers in Enfield as well.”
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