Stockbridge signs 3-year contract with new administrator

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STOCKBRIDGE — Following negotiations in executive session, the Select Board and Town Administrator Danielle Fillio have reached agreement on a new contract that specifies close involvement and wide-ranging supervision by the three selectmen.

The employment agreement lists a formidable set of responsibilities:

• Coordination of all municipal functions, oversight and review of departmental and individual performance;

• Human resources and labor relations administration;

• Purchasing, risk management and contract administration;

• Project management and town representation on intergovernmental and other matters as required by law, Board of Selectmen policy or other Board actions.

The three-year contract took effect on June 28. The first-year salary is $75,000, with future adjustments based on annual town meeting appropriations and satisfactory evaluations.

The Select Board's first job review and evaluation is slated no later than six months from now, and yearly thereafter. A written summary will be provided to Fillio, and she will be able to discuss it with the board members, according to the contract.

Health insurance, disability and life insurance policies are offered on the same terms as to other town employees, along with vacation time, sick leave and related provisions.

The work schedule is described as full-time, ruling out any other business or occupation without the written approval of the Select Board.

"It is recognized that the town administrator must devote a great deal of time outside of normal office hours to the business of the town," the agreement states. "As a result, she may adjust her normal office hours accordingly as she deems appropriate."

In addition to the designated responsibilities, the contract lists a dozen essential functions to be performed by the administrator under the direction of the Select Board.

They include assignments by the board, advice to the selectmen and town departments on issues requiring official action, and carrying out of board decisions where appropriate.

Under the supervision of the selectmen, Fillio's position requires preparation and administration of town department budgets, working with the board on collective bargaining negotiations, and management of special permit applications for the board.

The job description also includes chief procurement officer covering all contracts for goods and services, administration of the town's personnel plan and performance of risk management functions involving workers compensation, property and liability insurance cases.

Coordination and management of all town grants, except for the Police Department, are also part of the town administrator's responsibilities.

The agreement allows for compensation for Fillio to attend a variety of professional development programs, with expenses to be reviewed and approved by the town's Finance Committee and Select Board.

"The town administrator will exercise professional judgment in selecting such programs, with an emphasis on obtaining professional certifications," the contract states.

In a 2-0 vote with one abstention, Fillio, a Lee resident, was appointed to the town administrator post on June 5 after serving for nine months as interim administrator following the retirement of Jorja-Ann Marsden, who had held the position for 21 years. Fillio had been Marsden's deputy for nine years.

Fillio won strong support from Select Board Chairman Donald Chabon and Selectman Ernest "Chuckie" Cardillio, as well as most key town government officials. At the contentious board meeting, new Selectman Terry Flynn and some residents called for a more extended and formal search, though they spoke highly of her work in the interim post.

Several town officials, including Finance Committee Chairman Jay Bikofsky, credited her major role in preparing the town's budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, and for helping the town win a coveted AA-plus bond rating from the Standard & Poor's agency, just one slight notch below the top AAA category. Stockbridge is rated one level higher than the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, according to S&P.

Contact correspondent Clarence Fanto at cfanto@yahoo.com or 413-637-2551.


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