SWANSEA — The dispute over whom to hire to lead the water district when Superintendent Robert Marquis retires early next year remained unresolved after the Water Commission heard opinions from its lawyer and its agent handling liability insurance at Wednesday’s special meeting.
The advice by board attorney Edmund Brennan Jr. and agent Brian Murphy of HUB International New England LLC was not conclusive and did not change the differing opinions of the three board members.
Chairman James Hall, who’s on the short side of a not-completed 2-1 vote, Vice Chairman Brian Clark and Bruce Sutherland Jr. agreed to postpone that appointment vote or related decisions after a half-hour discussion.
Debate will resume at the board’s twice-monthly commission meeting on June 26 at 6 p.m. at district headquarters.
Central issues involve Sutherland and his family relationships, and hiring his nephew who currently lacks the required certifications.
The board will wait until Marquis returns from vacation and hear his position on hiring an assistant superintendent under him who’d take the reins when the Marquis retires in February.
The decision, in a previous motion that was seconded and not acted on, is whether to choose one of the two finalist candidates that could entail reassigning key operational duties within the department after Marquis retires.
“The job description’s going to change drastically,” Hall said of that scenario.
Clark said “not now” to Hall’s request to rescind his prior motion, which remains hanging.
Marquis has worked…
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