Rockport Public Works Director on leave

By Louis Bettcher | Oct 03, 2017

Rockport — Mike Young, who has been employed by the Town of Rockport as Public Works Director, has been absent from his position in recent weeks. Rick Bates, Town Manager, said Oct. 3 that Young is out on unpaid administrative leave until Oct. 12, and will return to his position on Oct. 13.

It remains unclear why Young is on leave.

The Rockport Select Board has held closed-door executive sessions, including one on Oct. 2, regarding personnel matters.

At a meeting of the Rockport Select Board on Sept. 25, Assistant Public Works Director Steve Beveridge represented the department during a hearing regarding the removal of a derelict trailer in town.

Rockport has had at least three personnel issues recently. On Aug. 15, Bates confirmed that Robbie Shaw, who had served as an officer on the Rockport Police Department, was no longer employed by the town. Bates said Shaw had been placed on paid administrative leave a month and a half earlier, on June 29.

On Sept. 22, Rockport Assessor Kerry Leichtman pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Bates said the impact of a criminal charge on an employee's job largely depends on the the offense: "In case of an OUI, it could result in a loss of a job for an employee who needs a valid license to perform the functions of the job," Bates said.

An executive session was held by the Rockport Select Board and the Town Manager on Oct. 2. An agenda for the meeting states that the purpose of the session regarded two discussions of a "personnel matter pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. Section 405 (6) (A)." This marked the fourth executive session held on a personnel matter since August.

On Oct. 3 Select Board Chairman Ken McKinley said the following:

"The board heard reports from the town manager regarding his resolution of two confidential personnel matters in executive session last evening. The board took no action after the executive session regarding the reports.

"As these matters have now been resolved by the town manager, he will be able to provide you with certain information as allowed by law. I would suggest that you contact him to obtain that information."

Comments (1)
Posted by: Dale Hayward | Oct 04, 2017 11:53

Accountability by law lacks. Replacement employees always cost more and taxes go up.

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