FRAMINGHAM – Mayor Yvonne Spicer has hired a Framingham Director of Veterans Services.
She has promoted Framingham Assistant Veterans Agent Craig Sullivan of Natick to the Director of Veterans Services. He was sworn in earlier this month, although the Mayor’s office has made no public announcement nor issued a press release. These positions are typically appointed for 3 years.
This was the Mayor’s second try at hiring the position.
In May, Mayor Spicer recommended Sullivan be promoted to Veterans Services Officer.
Order 2018-054 before the City Council in May was a “request of the Mayor and Director of Human Resources to approve the Mayor’s appointment of Craig A. Sullivan as Veterans Services Officer and refer to the Appointments Subcommittee for review, report, and recommendation to the City Council.”
But the order was rescinded when At-Large City Councilor Cheryl Tully Stoll and Framingham Source questioned if the position was ever advertised, as required by the City Charter and the City’s personnel bylaw.
On May 22, the City of Framingham began advertising for a Director of Veterans Services, but not a position of Veterans Services Officer, under order 2018-054.
It is unknown how many applicants there were for the director position. It is unknown how many individuals were interviewed.
The Mayor wrote in May to the City Council “Craig has been outstanding over the eight months, running the Veterans Services Department without the Assistant Veterans Services Officer position. He has risen to the challenge and excelled in every area.”
Sullivan was hired as Assistant Framingham Veteran Services Officer in September 2016.
He was promoted to interim Framingham Veteran Services Officer, when Peter Harvell retired on September 30, 2017. by former Town Manager Bob Halpin.
“Craig has done an excellent job as the interim Veterans Services Officer. He has developed an excellent rapport with the Veterans receiving Ch. 115 benefits, many of whom stop by regularly, and with the State Department of Veterans Services,” wrote the Mayor in May to the City Council when she wanted them to approve her nominee.
Sullivan grew up in Ipswich and has lived all over the country during his 27 years of active duty with the Coast Guard. He has a Expeditionary Global War on Terror Medal for his deployment on-board the Endurance Class Cutter, USCGC BOUTWELL in the Persian Gulf.
The Mayor decided this time around in making her appointment, she didn’t need the Council’s approval, before swearing in Sullivan as the Director of Veterans Services this month.
Although the position was advertised as “Director of Veterans Services,” the position reports to the Director of Human Resources.
The City Charter requires the Mayor to submit to the Council for approval the name of “each person the mayor desires to appoint to any office as a division head, the citizen participation officer, or as a member of a multiple-member body.”
The Mayor’s office is now considering the Director of Veterans Services a department head not a division head, thus Council approval is not needed.
The following are considered Divisions – “capital projects & facilities management; cemetery; fire; human resources; inspectional services; library; public health; parks, recreation & culture; police; public works; and, city solicitor.” But Veterans Services is not consider a division.
The Mayor also recently hired an Assistant Veteran Service Officer to replace Sullivan. She has not released his name.