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Rockport personnel issues
  • Published
    March 27, 2013

    Former Rockport town manager appointed interim manager in Old Orchard

    Former Rockport Town Manager Robert Peabody Jr. was appointed as interim town manager of Old Orchard Beach March 26 during an emergency special town council meeting, according to Old Orchard Beach Town Councilor Michael Coleman. He said a 5-2 vote by the town council approved entering into an open-ended contract with Peabody that will pay $1,500 per week and no benefits. "It's basically until he's not needed," ...

  • Published
    March 12, 2013

    Rockport Select Board chooses town manager search committee

    During a regular meeting March 11, Rockport Select Board members chose seven people to serve on the town manager search committee. A pool of 26 people had previously expressed interest in being part of the committee and more than half of them spoke to select board members March 6, several others emailed town officials. Following a nearly half hour executive session March 11, select board members designated Will ...

  • Published
    March 8, 2013

    Rockport select board to discuss rework of personnel policy

    According to a draft agenda, Rockport Select Board members on Monday, March 11, will vote to direct Interim Town Manager Roger Moody "to work with town staff as he deems necessary to look at the existing Personnel Policy in light of recent events." An additional option to form an ad hoc committee to "review specific and selected sections of the Town Charter" also may be considered in addition to, or in place of, ...

  • Published
    March 7, 2013

    Rockport agrees to pay more than $3,000 in legal fees, take 'no further action' regarding complaints

    Rockport Select Board members again met in executive session to discuss a personnel matter March 6. According to the agenda for the meeting, the session was called “to receive and resolve a personnel complaint.” Following more than an hour behind closed doors, select board members made two motions regarding personnel. The first unanimously approved motion stated the select board accepts the report of "acting ...

  • Published
    February 26, 2013

    Second Rockport employee terminated

    A second employee at Rockport's municipal office was terminated Feb. 7, one week after Town Manager Robert Peabody Jr. took a paid leave of absence. On Feb. 14, Peabody signed a severance/release agreement with the town and was paid more than $52,000 as part of the agreement that did not disclose the reason behind his departure. The second employee, administrative assistant Karla VanAlstine, was a probationary ...

  • Published
    February 21, 2013

    Moody named interim town manager in Rockport

    Rockport Select Board members unanimously approved Roger Moody as interim town manager Feb. 20. Moody took up his duties immediately, participating in a capital improvement workshop less than one minute after the vote. Moody also serves as a Knox County commissioner. Select Board member Tracy Lee Murphy made the motion nominating Moody "per a verbal agreement and bond to be paid by the town." Select Board ...

  • Published
    February 19, 2013

    Rockport town manager resigns

    Robert Peabody Jr. is no longer Rockport's town manager following the signing of a personnel agreement between himself and town officials. Select board members are scheduled to meet Feb. 20 to appoint an interim town manager. Acting Town Manager Linda Greenlaw, reached Feb. 20, said Roger Moody is expected to be named interim town manager during the meeting, which also is a workshop for select board members and ...

  • Published
    February 13, 2013

    Rockport personnel agreement reached, nature of complaint still a mystery

    Rockport Select Board members unanimously voted to “authorize the chair to sign a certain personnel agreement, a draft of which has been reviewed by the board, subject to obtaining final agreement from the other party” following a brief Feb. 12 executive session at Rockport Opera House. Notes provided by select board members state the agreement will be made public after it is signed by both parties; possibly by ...

  • Published
    January 29, 2013

    Rockport town manager on paid leave

    Rockport Select Board Chairman William Chapman confirmed Tuesday, Jan. 29 that Town Manager Robert Peabody Jr. is on a leave of absence. "He is the town manager and the charter requires all leave to be paid," Chapman said. He declined to discuss details but noted there are several types of leaves of absence when questioned if the absence was requested by Peabody or the select board. "It depends on the type of ...

  • Published
    January 23, 2013

    Rockport select board hears investigator's report

    Rockport Select Board members are scheduled to meet tonight, Jan. 22, in executive session to receive a verbal report from the investigator tasked with looking into a complaint against a town employee, said Chairman William Chapman. “No, I do not [expect a vote to take place following the executive session],” he said. “We will hear an verbal report, an oral report, from the investigator then we'll decide we don't ...

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