Derby development post mired
 Jean Falbo-Sosnovich, Register Correspondent  July 27, 2000

DERBY — The Board of Aldermen will once again tackle the issue of renewing the contract for the city’s director of economic and community development tonight.The board will meet at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Rick Dunne’s contract expired on June 30, and the board has not renewed it due to technical glitches and other questions, said Mayor Marc Garofalo

Dunne was away on vacation two weeks ago when the aldermen met to discuss his contract, and some members had questions.  Garofalo said Wednesday he was not sure if the board would be ready to approve the contract at tonight’s meeting. 

Aldermanic President Michael Kelleher has said the board intends to renew Dunne’s contract. 

Dunne has run the Office of Community and Economic Development for five years.  He also serves as the city’s housing officer

Dunne has said he is frustrated the aldermen failed to renew his contract in a timely fashion.  He said a verbal agreement was struck between Dunne and the city to retain his services until the contract is hammered out. 

Kelleher said Dunne would likely receive a salary boost to his current annual pay of $46,350

In other business, Garofalo said he hoped to hire a new assessor and (an) administrative assistant for his office at tonight’s meeting, but applications for the positions are few.  Garofalo said there are "not many people out there who want the job" of assessor, which he said is a difficult job.  The city’s former assessor, Paul Dinice, retired in March after suffering a stroke last November. 

The administrative assistant, a newly created position, would work alongside Garofalo and represent the mayor at various functions when he is unable to attend.  The city budgeted $35,000 for the position for fiscal year 2000-2001, which Garofalo said he felt was a bit low for the full-time position.