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Duhani gets nod as next DPW chief

Council to confirm appointment next week

Toma Duhani. (click for larger version)
September 22, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — The second time will likely prove a charm for hiring a Department of Public Works director.

After initially delaying hiring him earlier this month, Town Council unanimously voted Tuesday, Sept. 21 to recommend Toma Duhani, of Shrewsbury, to become the new DPW chief. The Council plans to meet again Monday, Sept. 27 to confirm the appointment.

Councilors, on Monday, Sept. 13, postponed hiring Duhani, despite a recommendation from the DPW subcommittee. Council Chairman Steven Lazo said he held up the vote that night because he wanted to give Councilors Denise Clemence, Richard Logan and Laurent "Butch" McDonald, who had not yet voiced their opinions, an opportunity to do so. Clemence, however, said this week she had no concerns about hiring Duhani.

If appointed, Duhani would replace former DPW Director Kenneth Kalinowski, who resigned earlier this year to take another job in Pepperell. Interim DPW Director Hamer Clarke has been filling in on a part-time basis.

The preferred candidate is excited about the job.

"I am looking forward to starting my new position," Duhani said.

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

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