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October 22. 2013 10:09PM

Pini out as Rindge town administrator

RINDGE — The Select Board held a non-public meeting Tuesday afternoon to meet with department heads regarding the sudden departure of long-time Town Administrator Carlotta Pini.

After the meeting, Select Board member Roberta Oeser said it will be another week or so before the board makes a public statement regarding Pini.

“She no longer works for the town and that’s all we’re saying,” she said.

Tuesday’s meeting was to talk to department heads, she said.

“It was basically to assure the department heads that everything was fine. And there had been no formal announcement,” Oeser said.

Pini had worked for the town for a total of 12 years and as Town Administrator for the past seven. Oeser said she was earning $71,000 a year.

Oeser would not say if Pini had resigned or had been fired. She said Pini’s last day was Friday.

The town’s executive secretary, Nicole Sesia, said Tuesday that Select Board members have been coming in to the office to fulfill Pini’s duty’s since she left.

Former Selectman Jed Brummer said he went to the town offices Tuesday afternoon to learn more, but was told by department heads that they were still in the dark about Pini’s departure.

Brummer said he had seen Pini at work on Tuesday, Oct. 15, and that she was happy in her work, enjoyed it and expressed no discontent to him. He added she would have expressed discontent to him if she had planned to resign.

Pini was a competent Town Administrator who was always looking to add to her skills and contributions to the town through new educational opportunities, Brummer said.

Wednesday night, Oct. 16, Pini was called into a non-public session with the Select Board regarding personnel issues, Brummer said.

The next day she came in and cleared out her office.

“She didn’t resign on her own accord,” Brummer said. “It probably came as a shock to her. What was behind it, I don’t know.”

Brummer speculated the Select Board is negotiating a severance package with Pini and until that is settled neither the town nor Pini will comment.

Efforts to reach Pini, who lives in Fitzwilliam, were unsuccessful Tuesday.

mpierce@newstote.com


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