Board OKs contract after 90-minute talks
  Jean Falbo-Sosnovich, Register Correspondent   July 28, 2000

DERBY — The Board of Aldermen approved a new contract for the city’s director of economic and community development Thursday, but only after being embroiled in negotiations behind closed doors for more than 90 minutes.

Aldermen voted 6-1 in favor of a new two-year pact for Rick Dunne.  Alderwoman Donna Carloni cast the dissenting vote. 

Dunne, who has headed up the city’s Office of Community and Economic Development for five years, said he is comfortable with the result. 

"It was a reasonable settlement," Dunne said.  "I’m satisfied with it." 

Dunne has been waiting for months for aldermen to approve his contract, which expired June 30.  Because of some reshuffling of Dunne’s duties, and reorganization of his office, Mayor Marc Garofalo said it took longer than usual to hammer out a contract. 

"All of the reorganization (of Dunne’s office and job title) was done to make Derby more business-friendly and to be more efficient and more productive," Garofalo said. 

Under the new two-year pact, Dunne will take on new responsibilities, including administration of all planning and zoning matters.  The additional task, along with the various other hats Dunne has been wearing, will come under his new title, director of the Office of Development and Administration

With added responsibilities tacked onto the 60 or more hours per week he works, Dunne will receive a salary boost in each year of the deal. 

Dunne now earns $51,500 annually.  In the first year of the contract, he will earn $58,000, and in the second, $60,000.  Garofalo said he and the aldermen will have the option to renew after the second year. 

As director of development and administration, Dunne will continue to work to initiate economic development opportunities for the city, while retaining current businesses and working on expansion. 

Dunne, who also previously held the title of director of the city’s parking division, will coordinate and administer city owned properties, rent collection and property maintenance. 

He also will work with the state Department of Transportation when projects involve the city.  Dunne, 37, will be responsible for supervision of the assistant in his office, as well as supervising community development.