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Town administrator hours start argument among selectmen

Shaun Suhoski. (click for larger version)
September 05, 2012
STURBRIDGE — Selectmen argued during their Aug. 27 meeting over a request from Town Administrator Shaun Suhoski to move his start time back 30 minutes during the school year.

Suhoski requested that he be allowed to arrive at the office at 8:30 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. so he can drive his kids to high school. Following his latest suspension in June, selectmen determined that Suhoski should arrive to work at 8 a.m., but they voted 3-2 on Aug. 27 to grant his request for a 30-minute delay. Suhoski was on vacation and missed the discussion, which quickly escalated into a debate after Selectman Priscilla Gimas seconded Chairman Thomas Creamer's motion to push back the start time. Selectmen Mary Blanchard and Mary Dowling disagreed that the motion should be voted on without a discussion.

"I don't believe it was appropriate to not have a discussion. This wasn't an issue for executive session, and there was no reason not to discuss it," said Blanchard, who opposed the motion to delay Suhoski's start time by half an hour. "Many working people are able to find a way around these kinds of situations. There are set hours for that position, and he [Suhoski] knew what was going to be expected of him when he took the position."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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