This hire has some City Council members stumped.
It’s spring cleaning time and Bret Caulfield has been retained by Public Facilities Director Craig Nadrizny as a new tree warden for $108,000 mixing these duties with other responsibilities.
Members of the council’s Budget & Appropriations Committee are of mind to do some spring cleaning of their own to Mayor Joe Ganim’s more than $600 million, no-tax increase, fiscal plan for the spending year starting July 1.
Some council members are questioning the hiring process and Caulfield’s bona fides for the job. Is this hire going to the woodshed? Are they barking up wrong tree?
From Brian Lockhart, CT Post:
“How many times are we going to keep going out and getting people who don’t meet the requirements? How many times are we just going to go out and keep these searches private?” asked Councilman Tyler Mack.
Mack and his colleagues on the council’s budget committee–all of them Democrats like Ganim–spent around 40 minutes Wednesday grilling members of Ganim’s staff over the hiring of Caulfield as a $108,000 project manager in the public facilities department. Besides serving as tree warden, Caulfield will help supervise parks personnel and oversee parks projects.
“I believe this individual will be an asset to the city,” Public Facilities Director Craig Nadrizny, who hired Caulfield, said.
Caulfield, who did not respond to requests for comment, is technically a replacement for veteran staffer Stephen Hladun, who recently took a position with New Haven. But because he is assuming additional duties, budget committee members understood Caulfield’s to be a new position for them to consider funding.
Full story here.