UPDATED: 17 Individuals Started Working For City of Framingham Since City Hall Closed on March 16

FRAMINGHAM – At 6;50 p.m. on March 16, Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer announced the Memorial Building, also known as City Hall, was closed to the public effective March 17. The Memorial Building has not opened to the public yet, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 1,600 individuals in the City have tested positive for COVID-19 and 88 individuals have died from the virus or complications from the virus. Framingham is one of the hardest hit communities in the state for the virus ranking in the top 10 for cases.

On March 18, Mayor Spicer instituted a hiring freeze for municipal employees except for “public safety and public health.”

Earlier this month, the Mayor and her administration laid off a dozen employees, mostly in the Department of Public Works, to deal with a shortfall in revenue due to the pandemic.

Click here for a list of all 12 employees.

After the layoffs, SOURCE requested a list of all employees who began working for the City of Framingham since the Mayor announced the Memorial Building will be closed and since the hiring freeze.

Below is that information, provided to the news media outlet by the City of Framingham Human Resources office. SOURCE asked for offer dates as well as start dates.

Start date March 16: Fiscal supervisor treasurer/collector’s office Alicia Assuncao. Salary: $ 58,853. Human resources said she was offered the job on February 24.

Public Safety & Public Health hires that began after March 16:

Start date March 23:

  • Police civilian dispatcher Douglas Aronson. Salary: $49,435
  • Police civilian dispatcher Heidi Kelly. Salary: $49,435

Start date April 6:

  • Public health nurse Caitlin Pettengill. HR says offer date was February 20. Salary not available & not listed in the compensation chart provided to City Council.

Start date April 21:

  • Public health nurse Heidi Harper. HR says offer date was April 8. Salary not available & not listed in the compensation chart provided to City Council.
  • Public health nurse Thomas Medina. HR says offer date was April 8. Salary not available & not listed in the compensation chart provided to City Council.

Start date April 22:

  • Public health nurse Mary Lou Woodford. HR says offer date was April 20. Salary not available & not listed in the compensation chart provided to City Council.

Start date of May 11:

  • Firefighter Kevin Aguirre – $56,494
  • Firefighters Michael Kennedy – $56,494
  • Firefighters Issac Rivera – $56,494
  • Firefighter Joseph Segal – $56,494
  • Firefighter Michael Sweeney – $56,494

Other municipal hires that began after March 16:

Start date March 23:

  • Senior advisor to Mayor Yvonne Spicer – Hannah Woit, mayor’s office. Human Resources said offer date Feb. 14. Salary: $81,498

Start date March 30:

  • Highway Watchperson Philip Rousseau. HR says offer date was February 18. Salary not available & not listed in the compensation chart provided to City Council.
  • Treasurer/Tax collector office coordinator Ashley Gemma. HR says offer date was March 4. Salary: $50,417

Start date April 27:

  • Field Assessor Gregory Hamilton. HR says offer date was March 3. Salary: $56,044

Start date May 11:

  • Sewer enterprise equipment operator Jose Morales. HR says offer days was March 12. Salary not available & not listed in the compensation chart provided to City Council.

Start date: May 18:

  • Water enterprise equipment operator Robert Quinn. HR says offer date was March 3. Salary not available & not listed in the compensation chart provided to City Council.




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