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Friday, September 16, 2011

WHA manager position not meant to replace Nere

As published in the Record Journal, Thursday September 15, 2011

By Robert Cyr
Record-Journal staff
(203) 317-2224

WALLINGFORD — Wallingford Housing Authority Chairman Michael Misiti said Wednesday the job opening recently posted in Record-Journal want ads for a “Public Housing Manager” was not a replacement for longtime Executive Director Stephen Nere but a newly created position.

The housing-wide management position will involve several aspects of the authority, which operates 317 housing units in seven housing clusters, Misiti said. The position will not change the job description of the executive director and there will be no overlap in duties, he said.

The job will center on office operations and managing the maintenance department. The maintenance supervisor position, held by Paul Inserra for the past decade, was eliminated last month, and the new position will pick up some of those responsibilities, Misiti said.

Misiti said the position will be full-time with benefits but a salary has not been determined. The job calls for a minimum of an associate’s degree, experience with housing man­agement, and a valid state driver’s license. Applications will be accepted until Tuesday.

Late last week, Misiti said Nere told the board of commissioners that Nere desired to leave the position. Lawyers are now working on language for a severance package. Misiti would not say how much Nere will be offered in the deal.

Asked Wednesday if he intended to submit a written resignation to the board, Nere said, “I’m not resigning — if I do anything, I’ll retire.”
Nere earns about $100,000 per year.

Nere’s four-year contract is scheduled to expire on Aug. 29, 2012. He has been under intense local, state and federal scrutiny over allegations of mismanagement and was denied a buyout deal by the housing board this summer.

The new position comes after two high-profile personnel changes at the authority in the past month, including the maintenance supervisor position and the board’s lawyer of 15 years, Jim Laughlin, whose contract was not renewed.

Misiti has called the changes “a new direction” for the board.

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