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Presley approved as town manager

August 7, 2013

WEST WARWICK – Fred Presley, who has been interim town manager for the past month, was handed the reins on a more permanent basis during Tuesday night’s West Warwick Town Council meeting.
Councilman David Kenahan was the first to speak up before the vote to comment on Presley’s performance so far.
“The town council seems like a totally different place in the past few months,” he said.
“I think he’s done an incredible job.”
Town Council President David Gosselin Jr. had no problem appointing Presley.
“I think we have qualified person already,” said Gosselin. “Has he ever been a town manager before? No, but the last two were qualified on paper but I think we’ve seen more in a month than past I think he has the respect of the town and employees’ charter — shall have either a master’s or degree in public administration or have at least three years experience or have such education.”
Gosselin added that he’s not even looking for a contract at this point. He’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 wasn’t personal but he feels putting Presley in the permanent seat now could possibly drop the town’s bond rating for lack of the three-year manager experience.
“It could have an effect on our bond rating as opposed to having an interim,” Padula said.
Gosselin debated the point with Padula.
“He’s done more and has gotten further than anyone with being involved in negotiations, he’s met with department heads, the unions have seen him more in the past few months than others all together,” said the council president.

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