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Confirmation stalls

Duhani's DPW appointment on hold over job history questions

Toma Duhani. (click for larger version)
September 26, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — The appointment of Toma Duhani as the next Department of Public Works Director, which was scheduled for Monday night, has been placed on hold, according to several sources.

"Some issues have arisen that we just want to look further into see if there is any justification to them," said Town Council Chairman Steven Lazo. "We're questioning why he didn't disclose certain things."

Vice Chairman Laurent McDonald confirmed the appointment was on hold and said part of the reason was that Duhani did not disclose prior employment.

If appointed, Duhani, of Shrewsbury, will 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.

According to Lazo, Town Manager Christopher Clark, who conducted the initial search, is looking into information about Duhani's past employment as the director of public works from 2007-2009 in Grafton.

"He wasn't comfortable with it, so he asked me to take it off the agenda," Lazo said of Clark regarding Duhani's Grafton job.

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

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