1. This is NOT about our current Town Administrator.
2. This page is not about Fred Turkington's termination. The information below was posted over the year that led up to his departure.
Here are 3 helpful links on the termination:
Perspectives / Tony Boschetto's letter to the Crier / WVN Newsletter
Wayland Town AdministratorWhen Wayland hired Frederic E. Turkington as its first Town Administrator, the Chapter 60 town code amendment approved by 2004 town meeting voters and a special act of the state legislature resulted in the position’s job description. However, since that time, Town Administrator Fred Turkington has taken on more responsibilities than we'd bargained for. This page is devoted to some of the specific tasks, programs or jurisdictions that Mr. Turkington has taken on, taken over, or just taken, since he arrived in 2005.
DPW Director contractThe Wayland Board of Public Works was surprised on June 19 as they prepared to participate in the job performance review and contract renewal of Director Don Ouellette, only to find out that Town Administrator Fred Turkington had already written up the contract and signed it in late April. Here is the original 2009 contract and here is the one that Turkington and Ouellette went ahead and did on their own, without the elected board's knowledge or input.
Why this is wrongWayland Town Administrator Turkington had never consulted with the Board regarding the director’s annual job performance review nor towards the new three-year employment contract, per Chapter 320 of the Acts of 2004 and per section 5 of Chapter 347 of the Acts of 2008 of the State Legislature, as voted approved by the 2004 and 2008 annual town meetings. In Chapter 320 of the Acts of 2004 of the State Legislature, Section 2 ends with: "The town administrator shall consult with relevant primary boards and committees working with the department heads before implementing personnel related actions."
Town Administrator attempts to bypass the will of Town MeetingIn light of overpayments to OPEB, the April 2012 town meeting voted not to add more dollars to the OPEB trust account in FY13. Apparently, not satisfied that voters made the right decision, this is Town Administrator Frederic Turkington’s email to the FinCom, pressing them to discount the voted will of the April 2012 town meeting and deposit almost a million dollars of unspent surplus from the Unclassified 32B line item into OPEB before the end of FY12, even though we have already overfunded this irrevocable trust by $6,000,000. To put it another way, without our knowledge, the town has funded this account 6 years ahead of schedule, leaving any Wayland resident who moves out of town in the next 6 years paying taxes they should never have paid.
Why this is wrongThe People have spoken. Mr. Turkington needs to respect that and not attempt to bypass our vote.
Merging with Sudbury's Rec DepartmentThe DPW director contract above is also reminiscent of the stunned reaction of another independently elected board, the Recreation Commission, when it learned after the fact that, without its knowledge or participation, a new Intermunicipal Agreement (IMA) had been negotiated by the town administrator with Sudbury expanding the sharing of staff of Wayland's Recreation Department for the next 25 years.
The new agreement was approved by the selectmen last November, without the Commission's input. The Recreation Commission is not a board under the selectmen's jurisdiction, and neither the Commission nor Town Meeting authorized entering into such an agreement with another town.
So, what made Fred Turkington decide that it was OK to do this? According to correspondence from him, the Rec Department DID receive notice ...... just not much. And realistically, not enough to do anything about it. Here is the timeline:
CHRONOLOGY for the Nov. 2011 Wayland/Sudbury Recreation IMA:
11/8 Tuesday Recreation Commission monthly meeting
11/9 (5:30 pm) The day after their monthly meeting, Town Administrator Fred Turkington first copied Rec Commissioners via email on IMA document, (IMA doc drafted by senior staff without awareness or participation of Rec Coms)
• Mr. Turkington’s email invited commissioners to reply if they had questions.
• Discussion of the document content by quorum (even via email) would have violated the OML.
• OML requires 48 hours to post a meeting. Given timing of 11/9 email, it was not possible for the Rec Coms to meet to discuss the document before BoS voted on 11/14
11/11 Friday Veterans Day holiday, town building closed
11/14 Monday Wayland Selectmen voted to authorize town administrator to execute the IMA with Sudbury to expand shared services