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Kent social services director resigns

KENT — During a brief special meeting, the Board of Selectmen agreed to accept the resignation of the town’s social services director and also set their meeting schedule for the coming year. The meeting was held on Tuesday Nov. 16, on Zoom, attracting 18 participants.

With an effective date of Friday, Jan. 14, the resignation of Leah Pullaro, social services director and Agent for the Elderly, led the selectmen to name a search committee to fill the vacancy. Pullaro declined the selectmen’s offer to serve on that committee.

Newly elected Selectman Rufus deRham suggested designating the position as  full time, recognizing that the move from part time to full time would need to be discussed with the Board of Finance. Pullaro indicated to the selectmen that the salary as it presently stands is below industry standards for the position.

First Selectman Jean Speck reported that she would look into appropriate salary levels as well as the question of full or part time. The job description will also need review, she said, but because such topics were not included on the special meeting agenda, another special meeting would need to be scheduled. That meeting was held Monday, Nov. 22.

The selectmen also set the schedule for next year’s meetings to accommodate the schedules of the two new selectmen and also to allow more time in the week for the selectmen’s office to prepare information for meetings. Under the schedule of 2022, the Board of Selectmen will meet twice each month on the first and third Thursdays, beginning at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively. All agreed that the new schedule will add efficiencies.

The next regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen, the final regular meeting of the year, is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m.

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