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July 3, 2013

West Newbury hires second full-time female officer

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Selectman Glenn Kemper said he was glad to see another woman hired full-time on the force. “Especially with the community ties she has, that makes me happy,” he said. Following her unanimous appointment, Burrill received a spontaneous round of applause from the audience.

Selectmen also appointed Parenteau as the new lead dispatcher to fill a position left vacant by the recent resignation of long-time dispatcher Lee Ann Delp. Holmes called Parenteau, who has worked in the dispatcher’s department since 2009, “an outstanding candidate” who “wasn’t even finished with his own training when we had him training other people.” As time went on he “took on more and more of a role in dispatch” where he assisted Delp with many of her job duties and functions.

After removing her from both the dispatch roster and as head of the town’s Emergency Management Agency at their last meeting, selectmen agreed this week to reappoint Delp as a part-time dispatcher and to reinstate her as director of EMA. Selectmen Kemper and Joe Anderson continued to voice some reservations about whether Delp would be able to effectively manage the time needed to meet the responsibilities of EMA director in West Newbury now that she has taken a full-time position at the Regional Dispatch Center in Middleton.

But Delp noted that the previous EMA director and the two deputy EMA directors were all appointed despite holding other full-time jobs. The board agreed to reappoint her for the year and see how it goes.

They then appointed Steve Alvino, who had applied for Delp’s position at EMA, as a third deputy director.

In her final hiring recommendation for the night, Holmes proposed appointing Keenan Leonard-Solis to fill one of the two full-time vacancies in the dispatch department left by the departures of Burrill and Delp. A 2008 Pentucket alumnus, Leonard-Solis earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Swarthmore College in 2012. Since joining the department on a part-time basis in 2009, he has “matured and excelled with the position to become an extraordinary dispatcher,” Holmes said. The board unanimously approved the full-time appointment.

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