Southampton negotiating new contract with the fire chief

22News has new information on an old controversy in Southampton

SOUTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s a controversy that started back in 2014; Southampton Fire Chief John Workman didn’t actually live in Southampton, but the Town Select Board created a new contract, helping him to keep his position.

Southampton Town Administrator Heather Budrewicz told 22News, “The board actually revised his prior contract with that provision, where he was actually able to maintain the residency requirement, slightly out of town.”

Workman was hired in 2013. Rather than being forced to move to Southampton, Workman’s updated 2015 contract required him to live within 5 miles of the fire station. That allowed him stay in his Easthampton home.

Daniel Pellegrini of Southampton said, “I don’t think anyone deserves special treatment. I think we all should march to the same set of rules, and rules apply to everyone. Regardless of what your position or status is. I firmly believe it shouldn’t have even been an issue.”

Budrewicz said Workman’s most recent contract expired in June. The fire chief contract is currently being negotiated. She added that there are no other candidates up for the job.

However, despite almost 3 months of negotiations, a new contract has not been signed. 22News asked Budrewicz what the holdup is, and we are still waiting for a response.

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