It’s deja vu all over again, with an executive session agenda item that reads exactly like the one that ended with former Town Manager Tom Coyle “separating” from the town June 19. This time, the employee in question is Fire Chief Russell McGillivray.
The agenda reads, Closed pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5 (a) (1), discussions concerning the job performance, character, or physical or mental health of a person in the employ of the Town of East Greenwich, provided that such person affected shall have been notified in advance in writing and advised that they may require that the discussion be held at an open meeting. Find the full agenda here.
Corrigan testified Friday, during the trial of the EG firefighters union versus the Town of East Greenwich, that she had lost confidence in McGillivray and that his report on the fiscal impact of the 2017-19 firefighters contract was incorrect, saying the pay for six lateral firefighter hired in 2016 far exceeded what McGillivray represented.
Later Friday, McGillivray said he had not been aware of Corrigan’s lost confidence.
He has since been notified that his job performance would be discussed Monday, according to a source in the fire department.
At the Sept. 11 Town Council meeting, attorney Tim Cavazza was seen going into the executive session at Swift Community Center. Cavazza is the lawyer hired by both North Kingstown and Providence in recent years in legal battles with firefighter unions in those municipalities. His presence suggests the Town Council may be considering legal action against the firefighters.
Also on the agenda Monday is a review of Town Council guidelines. Among the proposed changes regards who can put things on the Town Council agenda. Currently, the Town Council president reviews the agenda (which is put together by the town manager and the town clerk), and any two council members may add items to the agenda. The proposed change reads: “Any two members of Council may request items be added to the agenda.”
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Swift Community Center.
– Elizabeth F. McNamara