Monthly Archives: August 2010

The Town’s Military Men

We just hired a FT Veteran’s Agent, the Marine recruiting station is expanding, and the new town manager has a military background

  1. Paicos back from Afghanistan July 2, 2008
  2. Rounding up ambulances for Afghanistan May 21, 2009

Selectmen’s Squabbles

Anger follows Paicos choice

Selectmen are still sparring….and did one announce the employer of another Selectman? I have never heard Brue mention to the public which company she works for but do believe Harrington announced it to the world at the last meeting.

“Walsh on Wednesday notified Paicos of the board’s vote and designated Harrington and DeVellis to represent the board in the contract negotiations.”

Why did she opt to have the two full supporters of Paicos negotiate with him? It seems the town would be better suited to have it be a combination consisting of 1 from each column

Walsh Mortenson
Harrington Brue
Devellis  

to more fully represent the views and interested of all townies in the negotiations with our to-be-crowned next Town Manager. Obviously Mortenson and Brue heard from some that the other three did not (or did not mention); they should be represented in the deal not just those fully supporting Paicos-for whatever reasons they are.

Tuesday night’s meeting was full of information and innuendo. At least one apologized somewhat for their flippant comment (although I do agree that asking another person about a candidate’s qualifications and showing up at a local eatery should not be the sole basis for giving that candidate two thumbs up, neither should anything regarding someone’s patriotism). In my opinion, a candidates ‘patriotism’ should not be a requirement for the job and Patriotism is not defined only by whether or not one has served in the military.

Brue’s request of a background check seems fair, but why did Harrington feel the need to argue about the ‘when’ and then say he knew it was a delay tactic despite Brue saying that it wasn’t and she was just following the way her company does the vetting process. Did she notice or find something the others did not? Does Harrington have a magic crystal ball or mindreading skills?? We’ll find out in the next episode of the Foxborough Soap Opera “Selectmen’s Squabbles” featuring the “Selectmen Scrappers”..maybe.

Record Set at Country Festival

Didn’t wait for the final numbers. The Reporter published the totals in Country record for 2010 festival

  • fewer country music lovers in attendance
  • taken into police custody for criminal acts and public intoxication in and around the stadium had reached a record 318
  • + 47 persons taken into custody by state police along Route 1
  • grand total = 365 (beats last year’s record by 29)
  • State police arrests= 26
  • State police protective custody=21

Chief O’Leary is quoted as saying

“It’s like being in the deli line on July 3 with a big order — it’s going to take a while before you get your potato salad.”

LOL!! Excellent comment!

More news about the finalist

Paicos named town manager for Foxborough, ending tenure in Hingham
E-mail|Link|Comments (0) Posted August 25, 2010 02:12 PM

“……Paicos, 57, was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in the fall, but has opted out of his deployment due to the new job. …..

‘Going there is a wonderful opportunity, great promotional opportunity, great career advancement, great set-up with Foxborough stadium. It has some big city problems for a small town, so very challenging professionally, and I’m very excited about all that. But there is a little bit of melancholy there,’ he said.
…….”

Hingham town administrator likely would not deploy if he gets Foxborough job
E-mail|Link|Comments () Posted August 11, 2010 09:32 AM

“……
But Paicos says if he gets the job in Foxborough, he would petition not to go with his unit, which he says received orders to deploy this fall.

‘I would immediately request my release from the deployment, and I have every expectation that that would be honored,’ Paicos said, though he cautions he still needs to see if he is sure he wants to go to Foxborough.

But, Paicos says, there is no guarantee he will be excused from his tour because ‘there are no absolutes when you’re dealing with the military.’……..”

Foxborough narrows manager search to two by Molly A. K. Connors, Globe Correspondent / August 15, 2010

Boston Globe
Globe South Community Briefing

August 22, 2010
HINGHAM
WEARING TWO HATS — Ted Alexiades, the financial director for Hingham, is taking on another job, that of interim town administrator. Kevin Paicos, the current town administrator, is planning to leave; he is a finalist for town manager in Foxborough, but he also could be deployed to Afghanistan with his National Guard unit. Alexiades will take over the position sometime in the next two months. The Board of Selectmen approved the appointment Tuesday night, after deciding against the idea of looking for an outside candidate. “Given the limited resources we have to going outside to look for an interim candidate, I think it’s not in our best interests at this time,’’ said Selectman John Riley. “I also feel that by bringing someone in from the outside, we’d have to go through a fairly extensive learning curve to get up to speed, with respect to the departments and budget.’’

Boston.com Search

  • Easton’s Selectmen’s minutes from July 14, 1997-present (note Jun. 24 ’02, JULY 8, 2002, Dec. ’02, Mar. ’03)
  • Was it unfair to the original third place finalist before Paicos entered the pool late-wasn’t there a deadline- to add Paicos in and ignore #3 who had followed the process?

Paicos gets the nod

Foxboro board picks Paicos

Final Selectmen vote: Paicos 4-1

A background check and negotiations to follow.

Was nobody concerned about the possibility of Paicos being hired and not getting a deferment (how long is one good for)? If as he claims town administrators only last for 3-4, maybe 5 years, in any one place, why did he tell Hingham he wanted to retire from there-is he planning to retire in the next few years? We’ll have to start the search all over again. We might have to start one for a new Finance Director too. One Selectman said they thought the Kevin-Randy team would serve the town well……it might, but were there any assurances that Randy would stick around in his current role.

More about the Route 1 Footbridge

Stumbled on this piece written by an AP writer in May ’10: “Patrick administration drags its feet over Gillette Stadium footbridge e-mails

7th Country Fest

A kinder country
PCs and Arrests down. good. Don’t get mad at the police for doing their job or for the wait you have to endure while the person that used you as their phone call is being processed-you can argue with them later or leave them there.