Town says goodbye to 3 retiring employees

Published on Thursday, 23 November 2017 20:14
Written by Charles Paullin

Staff Writer

BERLIN - One town employee recently retired and two more as expected to retire in January.

Linda Colella retired from the Visiting Nurse Association administrator position in early November, said Jack Healy, acting town manager.

According to a job description posted on the town’s website advertising the position, the position reports directly to the town manager and oversees the nurse association, which is a community-based, nonprofit home health agency working out of the Town of Berlin to serve the town and surrounding area.

Colella had filled the position for “quite a few years,” he said.

The town was ready to appoint a temporary administrator at a Nov. 21 Town Council meeting but realized they didn’t need to and are instead hoping to hire somebody by the end of the month, Healy added. The town has begun advertising the position and received some applications.

According to the 2017-18 general fund budget on the Finance Department page of the town’s website, the position had a salary of $99,258.

Retiring on Jan. 16 is Sheila Wagner, administrative assistant to the town, after working for the town since 2008. She started in the Assessor’s office for a year and a half after filling in at the town manager’s assistant position for a week. Before that, she worked at Aetna for 35 years. She worked in information technology.

“It’s time for me to get reacquainted with my husband and spend some quality time with him,” said Wagner on her decision to retire. She said the vacant permanent town manager position did not factor into her decision, as she considered retiring last year, but realized it would be more beneficial for her financially to keep working.

“(Sheila’s) going to be tremendously missed,” said Healy, who has been working with her directly since February. “I don’t think people fully realize the amount of things she does. It’s amazing how level headed and professional she was no matter what it was she was doing.”

Also retiring in January is Marsha Busnarda, deputy town clerk, after 22 years of service with the town and working at an insurance firm prior.

“I enjoyed working for the town,” said Busnarda. “I got to know and meet a lot of people and I will miss them.”

“I think the town is losing a great employee. She is very dedicated, hard working and very professional,” said Kate Wall, who has been town clerk for several years, on Wagner’s departure. “Everything I said about Sheila can also be applied to Marsha.”

Healy said Wagner’s position is posted on the town’s website and he hopes to hire her replacement by her departure date. Busnarda’s position will also be advertised and hopefully filled by the end of the year, too.

“It’s just a point in people’s life for their retirement,” said Healy on the amount of retirements. “People are just getting to that age.”

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, General News on Thursday, 23 November 2017 20:14. Updated: Thursday, 23 November 2017 20:17.