Budget Commission Institutes Anti-Nepotism Policy

Members ask Carousel Commission to advertise seasonal positions.

The budget commission chairman instituted an anti-nepotism policy prohibits city employees, and members of boards and commissions to be involved in the hiring process of family members during Thursday afternoon's meeting in .

The policy was created after media outlets reported that there were family connections in Central Falls' city hall.

The policy affects the Carousel Commission.

Those members wrote the budget commission a letter asking permission to hire seasonal employees. It was noted that Carousel Manager Ed Serowik Jr. is the son of Carousel Maintenance Specialist/Caretaker Edward Serowik Sr. 

Budget Commission Chairman Michael O'Keefe said that before hires are made official, the positions that are available should be advertised.

"We have to know what the process was...We have to give [residents] the right to apply," O'Keefe said.

Tracy Johnson, office assistant for the commission, said it would be hard to advertise for the positions given the establishment opens Easter weekend and seasonal employees are expected to return to work.

"Well, we'll have to hire seven people for two weeks," O'Keefe said.

Johnson said the positions would be advertised.

"We'll see what happens next week," she said.

b1 March 22, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Ok, I know nepotism relates to family members but can we not find anything for "good ole buddies", ie., Paul Moura - Water Frony Commission - Helped run Kleylas' campaign Michael Rose - Economic Development Committee - Cousin of councilman Rose Orlando Andreoni - Democratic Chair - City Solicitor And the beat goes on..............................
Ron C March 23, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Mr. O'Keefe must be sitting too close to the Mayor. Now the Budget Commission is getting involved in what basically amounts to time clocks and name badges. Both Serowik's have been running that carousel from the time Crescent Park was open. Any policy that doesn't allow these two individuals to run the ride endangers all the work this and previous Carousel Commissions have done to restore and protect this historic ride. Nepotism policies in the private sector deal with oversight in sensitive jobs. A bank manager is not permitted to hire a relative to be a teller, for obvious reasons. Wasting even ten minutes of the BC's time on a nepotism policy for $7-9/hr jobs is a complete waste of time. The BC still hasn't given us a rainy day fund or capital improvement program that is backed up with money. Stick to the money issues and leave this nonsense to the city council.
Next City Manager March 23, 2012 at 02:30 AM
This commission is just watching the bank accounts till Flanders finishes his work in Central Falls, then he will have a new office in East Providence at 145 Taunton Avenue. Mr O 'Keefe has already ordered brand new paper shredders for all the union contracts that are destroying the solvency of the city.
Next City Manager March 23, 2012 at 02:35 AM
The first order of business will be eliminating double pay on police and firefighters birthdays. Just last week one firefighter made 672.00 for working a 14 shift on his birthday. That firefighter wasn't even scheduled to work until another firefighter called in sick.
Next City Manager March 23, 2012 at 02:38 AM
BTW, Mr Andreoni signed that contract, now does everybody know why the City is in financial trouble?
Ron C March 23, 2012 at 02:44 AM
It's funny you mention the union contracts. I just read the agenda and see they had a lawyer come before them to discuss potential labor problems. Like to read a story in PATCH regarding what that was all about. Someone must not have gotten their mandatory 10% raise and filled a grievance.
Abigail Crocker (Editor) March 23, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Hi Ron - actually writing a story on that now!
JR March 23, 2012 at 11:33 AM
There has been a movement on the carousel commission for several years to get rid of the Serowiks! To some members the managers position is a "plum" that they could give away to the good old party faithful...Just look at who is on the commission, most work for the city!
Tom Brun March 23, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I think the issue of nepotisim is very valid, and I generally agree with it. Mr. O'Keefe and the commission seem to make sense and there are a ton of examples.. However, I have to say that I feel the example of Ed Serowik Jr. and his father is rather unfair. Doesn't experience count for anything? To make the assumption that something is automatically wrong because there is a family connection is most unfortunate. There is no doubt in my mind that both men have a genuine concern and a vast amount of experience with the carousel. I think they are great examples of advocates for the carousel and are dedicated to its preservation. With proven results. In the example of the carousel, I think the father/son relationship is a benefit to the city.
taxpayer March 23, 2012 at 04:10 PM
I looked it up, and JR is right...the Carousel Coimmission is made up of city workers and insiders.... I am sure they want to pass out the manager's job to one of the good old boys...Just like the carousel clerk's job went to someone with "connections"... laid off from the Library, and suddenly there is an opening with the carousel commission....Hmmmm
Sandra Letizia March 24, 2012 at 09:42 PM
I agree 100% with Tom,I wonder where that carousel would be today without the wonderful job the Serowik's have done. Like everything else folks that work hard and are dedicated will fall prey due to the many who get appointed because there relatives or friends and do a lousy job. The Serowik's are the example of appointing the right person regardless of family ties.
Setting the story straight March 27, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Normally I refrain from political discussions; but this is getting ridiculous. I am not certain where people get their information from, but I highly recommend if you are going to comment on an individual or a specific event, you do your homework and verify your facts. “Taxpayer” or not you are incorrect and out of line. Try staying focused on the facts. The meeting between the Carousel Commission and the Budget Commission was not about Nepotism, nor was it about the Serowik’s. It was solely about getting approval to hire the temporary seasonal staff. You know those kids, who grew up in this city, riding the ride every summer, hoping when they are old enough they too can work there. Temporary seasonal staff is needed to open, and operate the ride; approval is required to hire any position within the city. That’s it, that’s all. Now if we can all go back to what’s really important. P.S. Abigail, nice job tying the two stories together, sparks people to gossip on things they know nothing about.
Really???? March 27, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Wow, this will balance the budget!!!!! Good thing they're taking care of all the important stuff in the city. Has anyone counted the paperclips yet?
Head&Shoulders March 27, 2012 at 11:31 PM
This budget commission is a joke....haven't you people figured it out...they are here because they want to take control of the City....someone in higher politics wants to control East Providence and they couldn't...just didn't have the votes....come on it obvious....they were sent here to take control until this council is out.....we as citizens should be fuming....we elect officials and the STATE takes the power away....how democratic....anyone who pays a little attention would know, it wasn't this council that messed things up...it was an unfortunate natural progression that caused this...it's happening all over the world, never mind country....but still someone higher up wanted to control little old East Providence and now this commission is getting involved in personnel issues.....not just budgetary items.....remember they are going to do what they want to do until someone challenges them and says they can't.....Thanks Governor Gump and Company...
Next City Manager March 28, 2012 at 06:28 AM
The union puppets were in control and destroying the solvency of the City. The union puppets are no longer in control and things are changing and the unions don't like the direction this is going. There really not going to like it in November. Voters- Vote NO to any hint at union affiliation on the city council and save the city from ruin.


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