Manager position on Berlin Town Council agenda

Published on Sunday, 15 April 2018 20:42
Written by Charles Paullin


BERLIN - The Town Council on Tuesday will be discussing the future of the position of town manager, which has been filled temporarily since the departure of Denise McNair in February 2017.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Public discussion of the position is scheduled at the end of the meeting, after discussion in executive session.

All this will come after 11 agenda items are discussed, including one that will have both closed-doors and public discussion.

The council’s search committee will be holding a special meeting at 6 p.m. The committee consists of all members of the council and Human Resources Director Denise Parsons.

That meeting also is expected to go into executive session, closed to the public and press, Mayor Mark Kaczynski told The Herald Friday.

“We’ll see what happens,” he said of what might be discussed in public. An update on the search and plans for going forward would be among the topics, he added.

Jack Healy has been doubling as public works director and acting town manager since McNair left after agreeing to a separation agreement after eight years on the job.

Kaczynski said the move was made to bring about change.

The search committee has conducted two searches for a permanent hire, producing three candidates, including Healy, by last November.

Since the elections were going to change the look of the council, and therefore the search committee, the committee decided to hold off making an offer to any candidate.

Healy has since withdrawn his application, citing a desire not to disrupt his family with a move to Berlin, a requirement for the position.

The legality of having Healy temporarily fill the vacant manager position, through various title changes and term extensions, has been questioned by Democrats on the council. The town’s corporation counsel has said the council has not done anything illegal.

Healy was most recently appointed “acting town manager” on Nov. 21 for a term up to 150 days. That term ends April 25.

Kaczynski has previously said he hopes to have a permanent town manager hired by the end of Healy’s last stint as acting town manager.

Tuesday’s meeting will be in the Council Chambers of Town Hall, 240 Kensington Road.

Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Sunday, 15 April 2018 20:42. Updated: Sunday, 15 April 2018 20:45.