Budget Commission OKs Police Promotions, Temporary Librarian

Thursday meeting ties up loose end with police department.


The Woonsocket Budget Commission approved three promotions Thursday, allowing Police Chief Thomas Carey to fill two vacancies in his department he's been waiting on several weeks.

Carey has been before the Commission during meetings since early July to get permission for the promotion of a police sergeant to fill an open lieutenant's position and the promotion of an officer to fill an open sergeant's position. A third promotion of an officer to sergeant was also required to replace the sergeant promoted to lieutenant.

The promotions were tabled for discussion July 10 and votes on them have been delayed a few times as the Commission tackled other issues.

Budget Commission counsel Edward Alves asked if the promotions would affect Carey's talks with Budget Commission members to re-organize the department. 

"I don't think this will create a glut that we will have to roll back," said Commission member Mayor Leo Fontaine. With that, the Commission voted to approve the promotions.

"I'd just like to say thank you," Carey told the Commission, adding the thanks of the promoted officers on their behalf as well.

The Commission also approved hiring a part time reference librarian for the at the request of Library Director Leslie Page. She wrote to the Commission Aug. 8 to request the part-time help, since one of the reference department's three full-time employees, the Readers Advisor, recently retired, quickly followed by an extended medical leave for the library's Chief of Reference and Adult Services.

Page asked for permission to hire a part-time reference librarian to fill in during the Chief of Reference's medical leave, 13 weeks, at $20 per hour for a 19.5 hours per week. The funds to pay the position will come from library fines and fee collections, Page told the panel.

"This will allow us to adequately staff our reference desk, especially after Sept. 6, when we again open on Saturdays," Page wrote.

The Commission approved the request.

Sly August 21, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Close it.Eliminate the problem.That's the career you chose quit crying about what kind of degree's it take to run a library.Its a no-brainer.How hard could it possibly be. I bet a monkey could run that,He just needs a key to open the door.Or does take an Engineering Degree.Go without like the rest of us.Lay-off everyone and close it.Put the money that's saved in my fund.
Russell Archambault August 22, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Ms. Shipala, I thank you for being so kind to me and taking the time to explaine some of the questions that I had. I may stop by and thank you in person.
English first August 22, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Sly. Thank you for your wonderful comments. If other readers of the patch want to see some of the rings going on at Harris Library check out this website http://www.woonsocketlibrary.org. Also all towns around has a lending policy in case you cannot find what you are looking for in your city library.
John August 22, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Thanks Sly (Mr. Dionne). Maybe as a super hero you could have me as a guest on your show at 2pm today? I could add some intelligence to your ignorant daily rants.
Sly August 22, 2012 at 12:57 PM
John you really bore me,Your comments well lets just say you must be around 16 years old.Your not worth even answering to anymore.The beautiful thing about it is I'm closer to you than you think Have a fine day my hero.


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