EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – East Longmeadow’s Town Council was already tackling town issues on Friday. The seven new council members were sworn in at the East Longmeadow Senior Center at noon.
They elected Kevin Manley to be Town Council President, and Paul Federici as vice president. They then appointed DPW head Bob Peirent to be the “temporary” interim town manager for 30 days.
One item not on Friday’s agenda: the controversy over former police chief Doug Mellis. He claims he was not given the required one year notice when the previous board voted not renew his contract. He’s seeking $137,000, equal to one year’s salary, in compensation.
Despite this lingering issue, Federici and the rest of the council are staying positive. “We’ve got all this stuff thrown on our plate that we’re going to have to deal with right away,” he told 22News. “And there’s going to be some challenges, but it’s a great board. It seems like everybody is on the right page, and I think it’s all going to work out fine.”
East Longmeadow plans to address the Chief Mills controversy at their next meeting on July 12th. Federici says they hope to have a new interim town manger by August 1st. The interview process for a permanent town manager could take until December.