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FRAMINGHAM – Newly-sworn in Mayor Charlie Sisitsky has requested $115,500 for salaries to get the City of Framingham an HR Director, a Planning, Community Development, & Economic Development Director and to get the new CFO on board.

The Mayor made the request personally before the newly-sworn in City Council on Saturday, January 1.

The City Council’s finance subcommittee will hear the request on Monday night, January 3 at 7 p.m.

Mayor Sisitsky wants $115,500 be transferred from the Fiscal Year 2022 reserve fund for three salaries.

  • Transfer in $55,000 to the FY22 Human Resources Department Salary Budget to fund the position of Human Resources Director once hired for the remainder for FY22
  • Transfer in $55,000 to the FY22 Planning & Community Development Department Salary Budget to fund the position of Planning & Community Development Director once hired for the remainder of FY22
  • Transfer in $5,500 to the FY22 Chief Financial Officer Department Salary Budget for the position of CFO once hired for the remainder of FY22

Mayor Sisitsky announced he hired the Town Administrator from the community of Wayland to be his Chief Financial Officer. She does not need City Council approval and should be in place at the Memorial Building later this month.

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The City Council in June 2021 voted 8-3 to eliminate the salary of City of Framingham Planning, Community Development, and Economic Development Director Kevin Sheas as of July 1, 2022.

The vote to cut the salary was supported by City Councilors George King, Janet Leombruno, Christine Long, Adam Steiner, Michael Cannon, Robert Case, Phil Ottaviani, and John Stefanini. Votes against the cut were District 2 Councilor Cesar Stewart-Morales, District 7 Councilor Margareth Shepard, and District 9 Councilor Tracey Bryant.

Shea’s salary was $118,454.

The assistant director’s salary is just under roughly $99,500. her salary was not cut. Assistant Director Erika Jerram became the interim director as of July 1, and the Spicer administration made the decision to increase her salary at that time.

The City Council also voted in June 2021, to cut the salary of the HR director in half, which meant funding for the position ran out as of January 1, 2022. The goal of the 11-member Council was to evaluate the position and its salary later in the year.

Instead, the City’s HR Director Dolores Hamilton quit in September 2021. Former Chief Operating Officer Thatcher Kezer III, under Yvonne Spicer, became the interim HR Director through Dec. 31, 2021.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.