Search continues for new VNA boss in Berlin

Published on Sunday, 7 January 2018 23:05
Written by Charles Paullin


BERLIN - The town is reopening the search for a Visiting Nurse Association administrator and clinical supervisor after filling two other positions.

Acting Town Manager Jack Healy told the Town Council Tuesday night that the person it selected to fill the vacancy left by Linda Colella when she retired in November has rejected the town’s offer.

As a result, Clinical Supervisor Cynthia Kuehn, who holds the second highest administrative position in the department, has decided to postpone her retirement from Dec. 31 to Jan. 31 and lead the VNA on an interim basis.

Healy said he’s already begun reviewing applications to fill Kuehn’s position and has received some resumes for the administrator position’s second search. He said he hopes to have a hire soon.

He said he is looking for someone with experience who meets specific state requirements.

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

Marek Kozikowski was hired to be the new town planner and will start today. Kozikowski brings several years of experience as a town planner from Greenwich, Healy said.

He fills the vacancy of Hellyn Riggins, who resigned from the position Friday after 10 years of service with town. Kozikowski will be paid an annual salary of $84,155.

Along with the hiring came a realigning of the position to have it no longer oversee the Public Building Department and make it more focused on planning issues, Mayor Mark Kaczynski has said.

Christi Sullivan was hired as administrative assistant and started on Jan. 2. A part-time worker in the school district, said Healy, Sullivan replaces Sheila Wagner, who will retire on Jan. 16 after 10 years of service with the town. Sullivan will have a salary of $45,808.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Sunday, 7 January 2018 23:05. Updated: Sunday, 7 January 2018 23:08.