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WEST WARWICK â€“ Fred Presley, who has been interim town manager for the past month, was handed the reins on a more permanent basis during Tuesday nightâ€™s West Warwick Town Council meeting.
Councilman David Kenahan was the first to speak up before the vote to comment on Presleyâ€™s performance so far.
â€śThe town council seems like a totally different place in the past few months,â€ť he said.
â€śI think heâ€™s done an incredible job.â€ť
Town Council President David Gosselin Jr. had no problem appointing Presley.
â€śI think we have qualified person already,â€ť said Gosselin. â€śHas he ever been a town manager before? No, but the last two were qualified on paper but I think weâ€™ve seen more in a month than past I think he has the respect of the town and employeesâ€™ charter â€” shall have either a masterâ€™s or degree in public administration or have at least three years experience or have such education.â€ť
Gosselin added that heâ€™s not even looking for a contract at this point. Heâ€™s just looking for the title so he can get more work done and keep moving the town forward.
Councilman Angelo Padula Jr. said is wasnâ€™t personal but he feels putting Presley in the permanent seat now could possibly drop the townâ€™s bond rating for lack of the three-year manager experience.
â€śIt could have an effect on our bond rating as opposed to having an interim,â€ť Padula said.
Gosselin debated the point with Padula.
â€śHeâ€™s done more and has gotten further than anyone with being involved in negotiations, heâ€™s met with department heads, the unions have seen him more in the past few months than others all together,â€ť said the council president.