This story has been amended twice since it originally posted, at 10:30 p.m. July 25 and at 7:45 a.m. July 26.
The Town Council voted to approve a contract for Town Manager Gayle Corrigan Monday night in executive session giving her a salary of $160,000 – $45,000 more than former Town Manager Tom Coyle. Corrigan also gets 25 days (five weeks) vacation, one week more than Coyle. The contract (what they called a “term sheet for employment”) is retroactive to July 1.
(Coyle appears to have been making more than $115,000 at the time of his “separation” in June, around $123,000 from the looks of his check history. The contract released by the town is from 2013.)
According to Council President Sue Cienki Monday night (7/24/17), Corrigan had not been paid since her $150 an hour contract with the town through Providence Analytics ended June 30. Her new contract with the town runs through June 30, 2018, “if not sooner terminated by a majority vote of the Council.”
Corrigan gets the same number of sick days – 15 – as Coyle. The agreement does not refer to a municipal vehicle for Corrigan. Coyle and his predecessor, Bill Sequino, both had municipal cars.
The vote on the contract took place in executive session after the Town Council’s regular meeting ended Monday. The vote has not been made public.
Corrigan had been “acting” town manager until the regular session portion of Monday’s meeting, when the Town Council voted to drop the “acting” after Town Solicitor David D’Agostino said questions were raised as to that designation’s legality. According to the charter, an acting town manager is someone from the town who fills in during a search for a new town manager. Corrigan was not a town employee or elected official at the time she was appointed town manager. Rather, she had been half of the duo that made up Providence Analytics, a consultant firm hired by the town to access finances.
Cienki said during regular session Monday that the council would be conducting a search to find a permanent town manager but offered no schedule for that search. Corrigan’s contract can be renewed or extended by the Town Council; if Corrigan is terminated, according to the contract, she will not receive severance.
– Elizabeth F. McNamara