With vacant director, town planner help hired

Published on Thursday, 16 November 2017 22:05
Written by Charles Paullin

Staff Writer

BERLIN - The town has hired William S. Voelker to help with work in the department of development services in town.

The town will pay Voelker $60 an hour, for a few hours a week, to help Maureen Giusti, assistant town planner.

Berlin’s former Director of Development Services Hellyn Riggins resigned from the position last month.

Riggins declined to comment nor make public through town officials why she resigned when she did.

Volker is currently the town planner in Cheshire.

“(Voelker) was a town planner here a long time ago, and (the Cheshire town manager) said it would be ok if he provided guidance on larger projects, applications, that sort of thing,” said Healy.

Healy said Voelker was one of multiple town planners who stepped forward offering to help the town after learning the news of Riggins resignation.

“I asked what (Maureen) wanted and they said that’s all the they wanted for right now,” said Healy.

Healy said he has received resumes from applicants to fill the position and will probably conduct interviews by the end of November.

“I would think that by mid December we’ll extend an offer to someone,” said Healy.

Christie Sullivan, a part-time employee with the Board of Education who has filled in at various departments of town, has also been helping with administrative processes.

Giusti did not return requests for comment.

Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074, cpaullin@centralctcommunications.com or on Twitter: @CPaullinNBH.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Thursday, 16 November 2017 22:05. Updated: Friday, 17 November 2017 00:31.