RINDGE — Selectmen announced plans at their meeting Wednesday night to temporarily hire former planning director Jane Pitt to fill the role of interim town administrator.
Town administrator Carlotta Pini was recently forced to resign.
Pitt was planning director in Rindge from 2007 to 2011. Since then she has been a land use and zoning consultant working from her home in Marlborough.
Chairman Sam Seppala said Pitt is set to start Dec. 2 and is contracted to work through March 31 no more than 25 hours a week.
Pitt will not only fill the role of interim town administrator, but also help selectmen assess the permanent position, he said.
“She will be working with all of us to determine the exact needs of that position,” Seppala said. “A lot of people in town know Jane and she’s excited to be working with us on that.”
At the announcement several town employees said Pitt is not only “sweet” and “smart,” but has a law background that would be an asset to the town in her new position.
On Thursday, former Selectman Jed Brummer, who served on the board when Pitt was planning director, said with budget season fast approaching it was smart of officials to hire Pitt.
“She was a good planner,” Brummer said. “She’s an attorney, so we had kind of two for one. A land planner that had the education to interpret ordinances, statues and what not. I think she’ll be able to fill the interim administrative position quite well.”
On Monday, selectmen and Pini released a joint statement saying she had resigned the day she left, Oct. 18.
In the resignation agreement between Pini and board members the resignation was described as “forced.” Why she was forced to resign remains unanswered.
The agreement states that if the town is questioned by its unemployment insurance provider or N.H. Employment Security the town would respond by saying, “The employee faced discharge if she didn’t resign. We consider it a forced resignation, and we will not dispute her eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits.”
The agreement says the town is paying Pini a lump sum payment of $35,000 and will continue her medical, dental, short- and long-term disability and life insurance through April 18.
The agreement binds officials and Pini to “keep confidential the terms and conditions of this Agreement.”
Pini had worked for the town for a total of 12 years and as town administrator for the past seven. She was earning $71,000 a year at the time of her departure.