Vote set Tuesday on new title for Berlin's Healy

Published on Sunday, 19 November 2017 22:15
Written by Charles Paullin

Staff Writer

BERLIN - The Town Council will be voting on the appointment of temporary Town Manager Jack Healy as acting town manager on Tuesday, its first meeting since the Nov. 7 elections.

Healy’s 30-day term as temporary town manager ends Nov. 26.

Healy assumed that title after serving as interim town manager for 180 days. He had served 90 days as temporary town manager before that.

He began as temporary town manager Feb. 1, after a separation agreement the council accepted in Nov., between former Town Manger Denise McNair and the town, removed McNair from the position Jan. 31.

McNair received $65,686, or six months of her contract, as severance. She also received medical benefits for herself and two other people from February to November of this year, herself and one other person from December 2017 through May 2018, and only for herself from June 2018 to July 2019.

“I’m going to suggest to the council we do it for 90 days,” said Mayor Mark Kaczynski on Healy’s latest term up for a vote.

Kaczynski, a Republican, won re-election on Nov. 7, when his party retained control of the council.

According to the town charter, “The Acting Manager shall have all the powers and duties of the Manager except the powers of permanent appointments without Council approval.”

Kaczynski has previously said the search committee, comprised by all the previous members of the council and Human Resources Director Denise Parsons, had found viable candidates at the end of a second search for full-time replacements for the position, but with the make-up of the council changing as a result of the elections, the committee decided to hold off on making a decision.

“We got to bring the new council up to speed,” said Kaczynski, adding that he would like to hire a full-time town manager in the new year.

In the event the council isn’t able to do so, he said the search committee would probably look at hiring an executive search firm.

Nine firms were found, with fees ranging from $17,500 to $27,000, when the committee went out to bid to find one earlier this year.

Healy, a resident of Litchfield, applied for the position in July. But, according to the Town Charter, the town manager must live in town.

“He’s a good candidate,” said Kaczynski. “And I think that was the opinion of everyone on the last council as well.”

Healy has been receiving a $3,000 stipend in addition to his $114,108 salary as public works director and town engineer, which he has remained during his fill-in stints as town manager. Healy was hired as public works director and town engineer in November 2015.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda is the appointment of a corporation counsel. Kaczynski said he would like to see Jeffrey Donofrio retained for another two years. Donofrio was hired in 2015.

The council will also appoint members to its committees.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers in Town Hall, 240 Kensington Road, after being sworn in in the Town Hall rotunda at 6 p.m.

Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or On Twitter: @CPaullinNBH.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, General News on Sunday, 19 November 2017 22:15. Updated: Monday, 20 November 2017 10:31.