FRAMINGHAM – “Framingham Assistant Town Manager James Duane entered into a separation agreement on December 29, with former Town Manager Robert Halpin terminating his current employment with the Town of Framingham effective December 31, 2017,” according to a press release issued by City Hall this afternoon, January 3.
This agreement effectuates a provision of the new City Charter, which takes effect on January 1, 2018; which provides that the position of Assistant Town Manager is abolished and the salary redirected to fund the new position of Chief Operating Officer in the new City government.
Duane will be provided severance compensation through June 30, 2018.
Duane has worked for the Town of Framingham for 17 years.
He has advanced progressively over those years through the positions of Operations Manager, Deputy Director and Director of the Division of Parks and Recreation. He was selected by Town Manager Halpin to serve as the Assistant Town Manager in October 2015.
The Framingham Town Manager position was also elimnated under the Charter. Selectmen negotiated a deal with Halpin in 2017, that would allow him to stay on as a “special advisor to the Mayor” through June 30, 2018.
The voluntary separation agreement between the Town Manager and Duane provides that:
- His current employment ended on December 31, 2017
- He will use accrued vacation and personal time until it is depleted at which point he will receive severance compensation until June 30, 2018
- He is eligible for rehire and if rehired into an acceptable position with the new City government the severance compensation will end.
- Town Manager will provide a strong recommendation with examples of the accomplishments and work performance here in Framingham
- Duane will cooperate on background information and status of projects he has managed.
- And it contains a variety of customary releases and mutual assurances.
“Jim Duane has served the Framingham community over these seventeen years with distinction and with the highest degree of professionalism and achievement. It is my hope that this separation agreement and accompanying commitment to severance will allow for further consideration of where he fits into the future City,” said Town Manager Robert Halpin.
“For the past seventeen years, James Duane has provided remarkable service to the Town of Framingham and its residents. Having grown up in Framingham, Jim understands the inner workings of the community and the fibers that bond Framingham together. This separation of service will hopefully provide relief and clarity for Jim; and a clear path of where he will fit into Framingham’s new form of government. I am optimistic that there is a place for Jim here, and we must provide Jim with the time and support that he needs to decide where that best fit may be,” said Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer, in a media release.
The Charter provides for the position of the Chief Operating Officer to be selected and appointed by the Mayor based on merit and fitness