Changes at Town Hall may present opportunities to reorganize and save money as some department heads look to retire.
Inland Wetlands head Diana Ross will retire this month, following a decision by Terry Elton. Elton worked his final day last week, and is now using up vacation time.
Ross is expected to leave at months end.
While turnover can often difficult, it can also provide an opportunity to evaluate town needs and organizational structure.
When asked about filling the vacancies, Cosgrove stated that “we are taking this opportunity to ensure we have the positions and departmental structure that provides the services and support in an effective and efficient manner.”
It remains unlikely the position held by Elton is filled. Often controversial, the position paid $104,170, and was described as “Special Projects/Economic Development” in the town budget. For many, it is unclear what “special project” actually is, and the office had little actual impact on economic development.
Other towns, like Guilford, have chosen to hire part time economic development staff instead.
Neighboring towns may also provide some ideas on Inland wetlands. While an Inland Wetlands head is vital, what the position entails and job description can be analyzed to provide efficiency in town departments.