WESTERLY — Public Works Director Donald Ouellette, who resigned this month, will be paid through the end of October as part of an agreement approved by the Town Council.
The Town Council voted 5-2 Monday to adopt a resolution approving a memorandum of agreement between Ouellette and Town Manager J. Mark Rooney. Under terms of the agreement Ouellette will qualify for health insurance benefits through the end of the year. Ouellette was earning a salary of $105,060 at the time of his resignation.
Councilors Sharon Ahern and Karen Cioffi, who voted against the resolution, each told The Sun they did not agree with the financial aspect of the agreement between Ouellette and Rooney. The two councilors declined to elaborate, saying they did not want to violate personnel privacy protections. Ouellette, who started the job in June 2018, declined to comment.
Ouellette came to Westerly after working three-and-a-half years in Greenfield, Mass. He also worked in Medford, Worcester, and Natick, Mass., over a career of about 30 years in public works.
Rooney said the town would begin a search to find a new director but declined to assign a timeline to the process.